LG elections widens SLFP split

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By Kelum Bandara
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is divided on the strategy for the local government elections after some of its members had decided to support the small allies, it is learnt.

The parties aligned to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have decided to contest the local government elections under  a new alliance. A discussion in this regard was held at the residence of UPFA MP Gamini Lokuge recently.

Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardane and some other party leaders attended the meeting. They decided to form a common front for the election.At this meeting, the SLFP faction loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged their support to the proposed front. This has resulted in the party heading for a split. It is more so as these SLFP MPs are reluctant to work under party leader and President Maithripala Sirisena.

The elections are expected to be held in March next year.

President Sirisena has assigned Minister S.B. Dissanayake to reorganize the SLFP ahead of the elections.