Parties supporting 13A in coalition talks

2013-07-22 17:12:30

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government’s constituent parties, which support the full implementation of the 13th Amendment are currently discussing the ways and means of fielding candidates under a common alliance, the Daily Mirror learns.

Discussions are currently underway among the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Citizens Front and other constituent parties to contest the upcoming elections to the provincial council under a common alliance.

The SLMC had said it would contest all provinces on its own. It is reported that discussions had taken place among the Citizens Front led by former UNPer-turned government ally Jaya Sri Ranga and the SLMC.

As of now Government allies -- Minister Vasudewa Nanayakkara, Prabha Ganeshan and C. Radhakrishnan have agreed to contest in certain districts under an alliance named Upcountry National Front. The Daily Mirror learns that this alliance will field candidates for the Nuwara Eliya, Wanni, Kandy and Matale Districts.

However, Minister and New Front Leader Vasudewa Nanayakkaara told Daily Mirror his party would field candidates through the alliance only for the Nuwara Eliya District.

“We will only be with the alliance in the Nuwara Eliya district and for the rest of the districts we will field candidates under the UPFA,” he said.

 Minister Nanayakkara however insisted that his party was fielding candidates separately for the Nuwara Eliya district due to differences of opinion between the Ceylon Workers Congress led by Arumugam Thondaman.

However, both Minister Nanayakkara and Prabha Ganeshan were vociferous supporters for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment.

The Kanduarata Janatha Peramuna led by V. Radhakrishnan another UPFA coalition party will also contest the elections under the alliance in the four districts.

“The majority parties will most certainly have a big say and we want to ensure that minority opinion is also heard within these Provincial Councils therefore we have decided to field candidates under this new alliance,” Mr. Radhakrishnan told Daily Mirror. (Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 11

  • Andare Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

    Vasudeva's party is a nonentity.The more ramshakle parties/alliances contest the votes will be split and the beneficiary will be the UPFA. via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       27

    Porky Pig Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:24

    Another act to deceive the literate foolish voters? What a joke.

    Reply : 5       37

    sobers Tuesday, 23 July 2013 03:46

    The upcountry parties representing the illiterate tamils in the estate sector are useless. The voters should select a majority party which represents everyone. No quality or educated contest from these minority parties.

    Reply : 19       8

    jayasingha Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:12

    The upcountry parties may be useless. The voters are not illiterate. Given the choice of good candidates they can make an informed and intelligent choice.

    Reply : 0       24

    CROW Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:12


    Reply : 1       9

    Porky Pig Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:32

    They are trying to help the UPFA "eat the cake and keep the cake".

    Reply : 1       14

    Kalu Banda Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:55

    But they all remain in the govt for the portfolios - Ha Ha!

    Reply : 0       21

    Hope Tuesday, 23 July 2013 06:21

    Vasu like Dayan Jayatilleka will sing for his supper. If Vasu had even an iota of self respect he would have resigned when MR asked those supporting the 13 Amendment to leave.

    Reply : 0       17

    Sim Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:20

    MR is supporting the 13 A, Only Weerawansa and Champika are against it.

    Reply : 13       5

    Radha Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:16

    Its time TNA should place candidates to contest in Nuwara Eliya as well.

    Reply : 1       5

    fernado Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:17

    Thonda cheated the up country Tamils and leads a luxury Life..

    Reply : 0       6

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