UNF invites Fonseka again

23 February 2010 10:40 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Jamila Najmuddin


The United National Front (UNF) today once again invited General Sarath Fonseka and his wife Anoma Fonseka to join the alliance to contest the upcoming General Election under the elephant symbol.

United National Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka told Daily Mirror Online that UNF Leader Ranil Wickramasingha, in a meeting with Mrs. Fonseka this morning, had requested her to join the alliance and also requested her to convey the invitation to General Fonseka.

“Mr. Wickramasingha has invited both the General and his wife to contest with us and we are hopeful that they will join us,” Mr. Attanayaka said.

The UNF has also invited the JVP to form an alliance and contest under the elephant symbol in a bid to continue the group which was formed during the Presidential Election.

However according to Mr. Attanayaka, General Fonseka, his wife and the JVP are yet to respond to the request.

The newly formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by retired General Sarath Fonseka had on Monday said that the doors were still open for the main opposition UNP to join the DNA and contest the April general election under its ‘Trophy’ symbol.

Anoma Fonseka in a news conference that same day said that she was hopeful the UNP will change its stand and join the DNA in a bid to free Sri Lanka from the grip of nepotism and return it to the people who are the rightful owners.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva had also said at the same conference that at the presidential election the opposition political parties had stood together to achieve one goal but the UNP’s decision to contest the general election under the elephant symbol had hampered efforts to project a united front.

  Comments - 28

  • Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:43 AM

    What a joke. both sides inviting each other.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:47 AM

    SF accept the invitation and joint with UNP. JVP has no future.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:58 PM

    Why not agree on a "Trophy" in an "Elephant's" trunk, as the common symbol?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:09 PM

    Oho, Please do not go

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:16 PM

    I think it is too late now.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:26 PM

    UNP should go thru elephant symbol and JVP on their own. Then only parties can understand their strength. Atleast, finnaly can form a powerful parliament or strong opposition.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:28 PM

    SF & JVP should joint with UNP under Elephant symbol.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:06 PM

    The article which says "Courts Refuses to Release Sarath Fonseka," on this site, cannot be commented on, for some reason ? ? ?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:37 PM

    If UNP can combine the Symobol of Elephant as "Elephant Trophy" It may solve the this petty issue about this Symbol, since both the major parties have and are working towards the same goal. I wish you both parties Best of Luck in the coming General election.Please compromise for the sake of the public. I know both have compramised a lot compared to the situation you'll were 6 months before for the sake of the public. I AM SURE BOTH OF YOU'LL CAN GO THIS EXTRA MILE TOO. Please don't spill this precious pot of milk at the last moment. "GOOD LUCK ONCE AGAIN"

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:41 PM

    I too agree with thushara, SF should join the UNP than the JVP which has lost its popularity.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:44 PM

    SF should put aside his 'ultra' ego and contest with the UNP, on their terms! After all, the UNP have the largest opposition vote base.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:06 PM

    1) Ranil is scared of the contest with Fonseka for votes in Colombo.
    2) Nothing to offer to the masses so looking for sympathy votes by inviting Anoma to cry on stages for Fonseka.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:11 PM

    Good one

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:28 PM

    The Election trophy will go to the UPFA and it will be a good contest for the 2nd spot; especially in Colombo ... Will the General beat Ranil's team? The JVP 'will live to fight another day,' with Fonseka carrying them!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:49 AM

    if SF joins with UNP, Definitely I am not going to vote for ranil and I'll discourage people around me to vote some other party.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:53 AM

    All must be united under one umbrella at this crucial juncture of SL. As the UNP is the main opposition party they have the rights to invite other parties and it is their responsibility to respond positively. We must highly appreciate the sacrifice made by ranil at PE as well as JVP. SF also will be protected if all are united.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:54 AM

    Some one has to give in. If both are adamant nothing will come out.

    T Ruth

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:56 AM

    What to say.. Where all they were exactly a month ago.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:56 AM

    Finally all are working for the self interest

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:57 AM

    KEEP YOUR ALIYA AWAY from General! Selfish Elephent is Joking.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:00 AM

    Ranil is dreaming to form a government. Those days are gone. You have to stick together with the same alliance under SWAN if you really want to see a change in the country.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:01 AM

    Beggers!!!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:05 AM

    This tug of war is going on for a long time. It is not the elephant's policy or trophy's policy Sri Lanka
    needs.Policies are coming from the human being's
    hearts.All hearts must get together and contest with
    one theory. Do not much worry about symbols and confuse
    the people. People know what is best we are living in 21st
    century. If you cant solve the symbol problem ,tie the trophy with the chain around the elephant's neck and put forward as symbol to solve the problem.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:13 AM

    Ranil, do not join JVP or Fonseka. You as a leader contest, if JVP or Fonseka likes to join UNF its ok. Do not sell UNP to JVP or Fonseka. Do not believe them.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:15 AM

    dnt wory SF , it is Ranil, guranteed no harm for your wife

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:16 AM

    SF should join UNP along with his wife.. wise decision...

    Other wise SF will be perished in the clouds of the JVP..

    be wise at this moment at least...

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:17 AM

    GSF and Mrs. should accept the goodwill invitation of RW and use for the betterment

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:23 AM

    True


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