UNP to form broad political alliance

21 November 2018 09:07 am - 34     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United National Party (UNP) is reportedly planning to form a broad electoral alliance with like-minded political parties and under the leadership of a 10-member council.

Preliminary negotiations have been completed at the moment with the Jathika Hela Urumya (JHU), the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) joining with the UNP to form this new political front.

According to reports several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members are expected to throw their weight behind this political alliance at the behest of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

Former ministers Rajitha Senaratne and Arjuna Ranatunga will join the alliance as a separate entity and when formed, the new alliance is hoping to invite the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and civil society organizations.

The parties have identified the diamond as the most desired symbol for this proposed alliance when facing elections in the future.

“There is no final agreement on the symbol. But, the diamond seems to be the most desired symbol,” a source said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 34

  • Ensure Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:18 AM

    Please ensure rural people are not confused over the NEW Symbol. These rural people could make mistakes when casting the vote; hence the valuable vote of UNP could become invalid.

    DON Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:53 AM

    Rural people will give UNP a good reply just wait and see

    Dinesh Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:49 AM

    The alliance will crumble as long as RW is the leader. It is time for him to step down. Never vote for this alliance as RW is the leader....

    mike Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:21 PM

    what has the UNP done for the last almost 04 yrs?? isn't the present crisis directly as a result of bad governance of RW? why do the masses still want MR? because UNP has failed. if they did a good job country is ok tdy. chandrika is the worst leader we had . lets have a new thinking /intellectual's those who truly love SL to come fwd

    Diyamanthi Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:16 PM

    These alliance are for the sake of coming into power and not to serve the people. This alliance will see stars not diamonds when election results are announced.

    Dil Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:45 PM

    UNP now should NOT have elephant as their symbol. Instead, they should have the symbol of Elephant Done.

    Saman Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:20 AM

    JVP ? I don't think so.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:02 AM

    JVP, you are a ethical and clean parry. Keep off.

    Dallas Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:25 AM

    Instead of a Diamond what about this symbolA tiger on top of an Elephant while the Bell hanging from below

    dilip Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:43 AM

    Well said Dallas.

    Michael Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:50 AM

    Excellent idea, congratulations !

    Vishwa Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:08 AM

    I really think the bell does not hang on the neck but in another place in the direction of the rear

    Manel Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:49 AM


    niranjana Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:49 AM

    Before all show

    cheers Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:52 AM

    Broad or going abroad will have to be looked soon for robbing the nation by the alliance

    Megan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:52 AM

    UNP whatever you do select the most suitable people for elections. Not robbers.

    Dan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 03:45 PM

    Megan that means without RW for robbing the Central Bank???

    DHA Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:58 AM


    Lokka Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:04 AM

    As we for have any patriots is in the present UNP any more changing the symbol is welcome.

    Ken Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:40 AM

    How about the Butterfly?

    good idea Wednesday, 21 November 2018 12:28 PM

    Monkey symbol?

    Ken James Wednesday, 21 November 2018 12:37 PM

    Serial loser RW should resign.

    Dan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 01:54 PM

    another move to protect Ranil UNP can stand its own with Sajith's leadership.

    CMS Wednesday, 21 November 2018 03:59 PM

    Make Karu the presidential candidate.

    hettiarachchi_g Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:00 PM

    Go ahead with any symbol to defeat MR MS Junta. We are with UNP for ever .

    gamini Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:11 PM

    Hope it will not be a Diamond Robbery this time....

    dias Wednesday, 21 November 2018 04:34 PM

    what ever the alliance you form, RW should hand over the leadership to a new leader. RW is only a colonial remnant.

    Sara Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:24 PM

    Please make sure the diamond is safe after the elections, it might end up in Singapore in some ones cupboard.

    Nilame Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:37 PM

    Once again trying to fool the people, your guys will lose in the next election irrespective of what ever symbol or alliance contesting, people waiting to cast the vote against UNP.

    NIHAL Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:48 PM


    Manu Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:39 PM

    Broad political alliance with RW as God Father - another form of rotten yalapalanaya

    Ben Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:40 PM

    Lets be honest about our country,We need top level thinker with very good business ideas.Our country the biggest asset is the solar power and the fertile ground for agriculture.The projects must start in every part of the country. To do this we need educated people who can even write proper project proposals, So we have to invite our highly educated now living out of the country to join us as THINK TANKS>They will help only if we have educated people as peoples representatives.Because nobody will want to even talk to the presnt bunch to advice.We must have a top business person who will run it like a factory with targets.We have only 20 mil people. In China there are factories with some over 1 million, so for a top businessman this not a big task once Law and Order is put into place.

    Silva Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:20 PM

    Yes I know RW will never give up his position, UNP no need to go for alliance, simply change the leadership, matter over ! Give it to Sajith and see the Miracle of Asia !

    kumar Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:39 PM

    Pls don't do away with the elephant in the short term as it might confuse masses. Further you need to rethink your strategy. Certainly UNP has achieved much more than others however sadly Sri Lankan masses tend to believe the idle magicians who promise rice from the moon.

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