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By Kelum Bandara

 The JVP has formed a new political front called the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) under the leadership of Gen. Sarath Fonseka and will will contest the upcoming general election with a new trophy symbol. 

The new alliance is expected to be backed by SLFP MP Arjuna Ranatunga and SLFP (Mahajana Wing) General Secretary Tiran Alles.

Political sources said the JVP had taken this decision because the UNP had declined to back down from its stand to contest the poll set for April 8, under its elephant symbol.  The new alliance has been formed by renaming an existing party since a political party cannot be registered when an election is declared.

After the Presidential Election, the JVP insisted that all parties that supported the candidacy of Gen. Fonseka should stand together under the swan symbol and continue to do politics to defeat the present government. However, the UNP Working Committee which met recently took a unanimous decision to retain its elephant symbol for this election.

Later, the SLMC, the Democratic People’s Front led by MP Mano Ganesan and SLFP (Mahajana Wing) leader Mangala Samaraweera also agreed to contest under the elephant symbol along with the UNP.

However, according to sources, the JVP has still kept space open to go for the poll under the swan symbol if the UNP backtracks from its stand even at this last moment.

“We have kept options open for the UNP. Otherwise, we will form this alternative alliance under the Trophy symbol,” a JVP source said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Alles who commented on the latest political development said it was unfair for them to engage politics for the sake of a political party symbol when Gen. Fonseka was in military custody.

“I am mostly with a person when he or she is in trouble. I got close to Mr. Samaraweera when he was sacked from the Cabinet in 2007. Otherwise, I could have been with the President. I suffered so much during the past three years because I stood by my principles,” he said. 

Asked whether he would join the alterative alliance, he did not give a direct reply. However, he said he was even ready to quit politics on his principles. 

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  • Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:23 PM

    its upside-down of the BELL, just like their current policies. what a co-incident.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:24 PM

    I hope the DNA of the new alliance will be good enough to muster enough votes to make strong claim for a formation of a government

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:26 PM

    We are with General and JVP.How unp selfish?Cant belive.I am unp and I am not agree with my party.we cant forget General who sacrified every thing for us

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:27 PM

    Hilarious, to say the least :)

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:29 PM

    To all: Fight agaist this corrupt government and chase them out... UNP why not have both the symbols Swan also...

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:29 PM

    "United we stand". Please remember that. Hats off to you Mr. Alles on your stance.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:38 PM

    Why JVP Cant stay in there own symbol.Old parties with the new symbol will lead the people to not to vote for them.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:41 PM

    They'll win the Trophy in 2099 !

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:41 PM start from new DNA.then ur generation wil b good.what ever u(jvp) do these days u r not counted b cos of a cancer gene in ur old DNA.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:42 PM

    'Birds of a feather flock together' !

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:44 PM

    Hope all Swan supporters of previous election will support JVP now, not the UNP. We will see real colours of so called patriots when the drama is on the stage. Waiting till drama starts.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:45 PM

    Lot of JVP members won the trophy's in 1971 & 1989 !.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:47 PM

    ha ha.. JVP and SF will understand their actual position in this country now. Good move by UNP

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:50 PM

    What ever, who cares !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:56 PM

    UNP have proven they only bother about the stupid party symbol. IF JVP is willing to join, and every one else is willing to join why cant the UNP join.
    The need of the hour is to defeat Rajapaksa.
    I think the biggest Rajapaksa agent is UNP working commity.

    I WILL VOTE WITH General SF. |
    UNP - dont destroy the country.
    I request all strong UNP politicans to get out of UNP and Join the new SF alliance. Cant help, rather than the party , Country First. And JVP have always proved they will do anything for the country.
    Thank you JVP for you firm stand!!!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:15 PM

    UNP is the largest single popular party that has a large vote block. It is impossible for UNP to go for bargain even though it stand to loose some votes for Sarath Fonseka factor. However, My personal opinion is to keep intact this swan alliance because that it gave real fight in the presidential election and it can do the same in parliament election. Again the compromise should not be at the expense of hard-core UNP interest and giving more to some other parties that has no solid vote bank or unproven.

    Friday, 19 February 2010 04:27 AM

    Very sorry to say this. Most of the RW supporters now moving to SF side. This time UNP will loose there vote bank to SF.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:21 PM

    GOOD LUCK! Time is not good, place is not good, but you can lead it to bring the victory because he was a member of army which is the only government service has shown the acceptable result for the country. May be not this time you may not be I wish to gain at least 20 Mps. Good luck! UNPers who have warm hearts are welcome bec Ranils job is politics!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:25 PM

    More jokes from the JVP! They destroyed the general, they ruined the UNP and they are going to commit political suicide now!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 07:00 PM

    Now the JVP is going in for its last rites. Wijeweera made the party, to rule the country, and now, it has finished its life. See its funeral, on 8th April.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:25 PM

    I am so sorry to tell that This will be the end of JVP, after this election JVP would only be in history, if they can get a one seat to the parliement , that would do..

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 07:06 PM

    Ha .. ha .. it's true ... what a coincidence ... like you say they have ended-up with the 'bell,' upside down!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 07:30 PM

    Considering the expected outcome of the coming general election, the most fitting symbol for the JVP would be a wreath (mal vadamak)!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:42 PM

    JVP will have only the symbol at the next election. People have decided to discard them from politics due to their unethical manner of politics. How they join with UNP ?. Now they are begging for UNP ?. They brought the party to so low level to go behind UNPers.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 07:31 PM

    Tiran's 'principles' are as good as used toilet-paper ... cannot forget the 'wheeler-dealer' role you played in 2005 ... sad for your principled dad though.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:51 PM


    Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:54 PM

    Swan or cup. I am with SF. Let Ranil ride is sick elephant until it passes away

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 02:12 PM

    this is the joke of the year - Hure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 02:14 PM

    are you normal or ill

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 08:06 PM

    Somawansa is totally responsible for Fonseka's current predicament. Ranil, the ever smart and cunning politician, although a loser, used both, for his survival. Now he is the undisputed leader of the UNP, thanks to both Fonseka and Somawansa. What a let-down, for those who went behind Fonseka.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 02:40 PM

    Doing Nothing for Anything

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 02:45 PM

    I voted UNP through my Life, but this time I am with SF

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:05 PM

    JVP opportunists trying to get the help of SF and trying to destroy our great United National Party.God bless Sri Lanka.JVP is trying to ruin this country.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 09:09 PM

    The JVP ruined SF's future.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:17 PM

    " GALKATAS " is the best symbol !.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:18 PM

    Mate, this is politics...General trapped..

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:19 PM

    HAHAHHA!! ALL The people who made 'positive' comments about JVP during the presidential elections ahve changed their tune!!! LOL. what a bunch of katussaas

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:25 PM

    Whoever it is . I'm with General SF

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 09:53 PM

    Well ... yes, 'you can take a horse to the water' ... 'but drinking' is entirely 'up to the HORSE'!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:25 PM

    Aiyo!! what happened to your support towards Fonseka? He is the leader of the JVP alliance. you dont like Fonseka now? paw wade

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:14 PM

    Good riddance - JVP!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:30 PM

    Trophy: or a Poisoned Chalice?

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:15 PM

    It is funny how all those who supported General Fonseka, until recently, are now (to say the least) not supporting him over the JVP-UNP issue.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:36 PM

    This symbol itself shows how predictable JVPers are; let alone their acts.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:34 PM

    So UNP and JVP Going Seperate this Time! hope it doesn't continue. They should stay as One.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:46 PM

    Why does the JVP need this kind of minor "alliance"? If not with the UNP, they should contest alone. What is the purpose of having such a weak "alliance"?

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:46 PM

    SF, has taken a wrong decision. He should either go with the UNP and try to build a strong opposition or join the UPFA and assist in building the country.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:49 PM

    Let's wait for the General's comment on all this JVP talk. Either he will let the JVP 'kill' his political aspirations or he will have the good sense to join with the UNP, even as its deputy leader.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 03:36 PM

    My family members and I will cast our vote for Gen SF no matter what. He simply can not be discarded. That is it.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:08 PM

    We UNPers can't sacrifice our party for others in politics.

    Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:39 PM

    I was to vote UNP ... but now, am with General!

    Friday, 19 February 2010 12:02 AM

    People who voted for 'Hansaya' will be wondering where it has gone.

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