Efforts to bring MS, MR together irk JVP


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP yesterday claimed that the people would not approve of President Maithripala Sirisena tying up with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming general election.

Addressing the media at the party head office at Pelawatte, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that the present government, too, followed the bad practices of the previous government in violation of the mandate given by the people to end the corrupt acts of the Rajapaksa regime.

He said that Maithri – Ranil government had failed to fulfil its promises in its the 100 day programme.

President Sirisena after becoming the SLFP leader had worked according to the party agenda instead of punishing those guilty of corrupt deals of the previous government, Herath said.

"President Sirisena had to protect corrupt politicians of previous government to safeguard his party leadership," Hearth said, adding that the practice would continue and the country was in danger now under Sirisena.

The JVP Propaganda Secretary said that they would field a strong team to defeat the UNP as well as the SLFP at the general election.

He said that JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, former MP K. D. Lalkantha, former MP Lakshman Nipunarachchi and Western Provincial Council member Sunil Watagala would be fielded from the Colombo District while Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath, former MP Bimal Ratnayake and Western Provincial Council member Mahinda Jayasinghe would be fielded from the Gampaha District.

Herath said that Western Provincial Council member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa would contest from the Kalutara District and former MP Sunil Handunnetti would enter the fray from the Matara District. Uva Provincial Council member Samantha Vidyaratne would be fielded from the Badulla District and former MP Nihal Galappaththi would contest from the Hambantota District.

He said that former MPs Ramalingam Chandrasekaran and Wasantha Piyatissa would contest from the Jaffna and Digamadulla Districts respectively.

Herath said that they would sign nominations on July 11 and launch the manifesto in mid-July.

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