MS in Hectic Talks

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
Hectic talks among constituent partners of the UPFA at the Wijerama Road residence of President Maithripala Sirisena and at the Presidential Secretariat continued round-the-clock yesterday to work out a common programme to contest the general election as a single front with the blessings of President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

A minister who took part in the talks on condition of anonymity told Daily Mirror that the talks held at the Presidential Secretariat in the afternoon focused on the role to be played by former president Rajapaksa if he was accommodated in the SLFP-led UPFA election propaganda campaign.  


We discussed how we could manoeuver the rainbow coalition of the UPFA which consists of 14 parties and win the general election. The talks were positive and it was quite obvious that the election will be a two pronged contest between the UNP and the UPFA led by the SLFP.  The three-member committee is expected to meet all constituent parties of the UPFA


“Almost all the participants are of the view that former president Rajapaksa has to be given a prominent place in the election propaganda campaign but the question was the position he should be given and added that all participants in the talks were positive that Mr. Rajapaksa should play a key role in the UPFA election propaganda campaign,” he said.

Communist Party leader D.E.W. Gunasekara told Daily Mirror that all constituent partners of the UPFA met the four-member committee headed by Minister S.B. Dissanayaka. It was appointed by President Sirisena to discuss ways and means of contesting the August 17 general election as a single front to ensure victory and form the next government.

“We discussed how we could manoeuver the rainbow coalition of the UPFA which consists of 14 parties and win the general election. The talks were positive and it was quite obvious that the election will be a two pronged contest between the UNP and the UPFA led by the SLFP,” he said.

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Mr. Gunasekera said the committee would meet all 14 political parties affiliated to the UPFA during the course of the day.
President Sirisena appointed this committee last the weekend to resolve the differences between the two SLFP factions, one led by President Sirisena and the other by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.  

President Sirisena attended some of the meetings with the participants seeking his advice when tricky issues cropped up. Meanwhile, government spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne who is also a member of the committee said several rounds of talks had been arranged at the president’s residence today.

Other members of the committee are Ministers Sarath Amunugama and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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