JO forms broad alliance to contest polls


by Anura Balasuriya

The Joint Opposition (JO) would form an alliance of all anti-government political parties to contest forthcoming local government elections on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) under common symbol of Flower Bud, a senior JO MP said yesterday.

The leaders of parties supporting the JO met recently and agreed to contest under the common symbol of Flower Bud. They have also agreed to conduct the campaign against the government under the name Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

The senior MP said that many political parties outside the JO, too, had expressed their willingness to join the SLPP.

Many former local government members had expressed their desire to join the SLPP and once the government announced the elections, the SLPP would publicise its action plan, the JO MP said.

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