JHU withdraws from UPFA to form separate coalition

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By Piyumi Fonseka
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) announced yesterday that it has decided to withdraw from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and contest the forthcoming General Election from a separate coalition, pushing for good-governance, democracy and disciplined political culture.

JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing a media briefing yesterday said the Central Committee of the party had decided to contest the election from the new front, which would be formed collaborating with several political organisations and political characters.

“We have figured out that linking up with the UPFA will not help us for our journey of creating a country where the real good-governance and democracy are lined. We were disappointed by requesting them not to give nominations to those who were accused of various kinds of offences. But, our requests were not taken into consideration,” he said.

However, UPFA’s decision to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not affect the JHU’s withdrawal from the Alliance. He said the administration of the UPFA had not even informed them or discussed with them before making the decision to give nominations to Mr. Rajapaksa, while saying it was up to the people to decide on Mr. Rajapaksa.

“People will keep trust on our new front in the General Election since we did not depend on political slogans like other political parties. We pioneered in many crucial and valuable decisions made for the country such as introducing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and forming of the  Constitutional Council,” he said.

He also said they were in the process of discussing with several political parties and others which would join hands with the new front in the election.

He also invited all the people including politicians and civil organisations, those who were involved in the January 8 supremacy revolution that defeated former President Rajapaksa to join hands with the UNGGF. He noted the invitations would only be applicable for non-corrupted politicians. Responding to a question raised by a journalist, he said it was yet to decide whether to nominate a prime ministerial candidate representing the new party in the Parliamentary Polls.

“Mahinda and Ranil already showed that they were not capable enough to be the Prime Minister, so why can’t someone else contest for it?, he asked.