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Nov 15, 2017

Premajayanth attends JO meeting Featured

Minister Susil Premajayanth attended a meeting of the joint opposition at room no. 7 of the parliamentary complex yesterday afternoon (13), Neth News reports.

MP Kumar Welgama took the minister to the meeting and he was welcomed with a round of applause by the JO members present.

Premajayanth told the meeting that discussions were underway within the SLFP to contest the upcoming local government polls under an extensive alliance with the JO.

He also revealed three matters under discussion.

Before Premajayanth arrived, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and other JO members discussed those matters at the meeting.

It was said that the JO would be given the chairmanship and secretary position of an alliance with the SLFP.

JO divided

However, JO’s Sanath Nishantha expressed views rejecting the idea.

He warned that he would field independent groups for LG bodies of his Putatlam district, but with the photo of the ex-president being used in their propaganda campaign.

Nishantha said he would accept it only if the chairmanship and the secretary positions of the SLFP, not of a would-be alliance, are given to the JO.

Pavitra Wanniarachchi said the JO should ally with the SLFP only if that would bring considerable gains for them.

Entering the room at that juncture, Chamal Rajapaksa said he strongly opposed contesting together with the SLFP, noting that he gave up positions in order to support the JO.

NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa was absent at this meeting, and the party was represented by Weerakumara Dissanayake and Padma Udayashantha.

The former stressed the need for the JO to contest the polls together with the SLFP.

He said the JO should consider the situation when around 8,000 SLFP candidates would be destroying the good name of Mahinda Rajapaksa during their campaign.

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