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.