Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SAN­DUN A JAYASEK­ERA

State Min­is­ter of High­ways and SLFP spokesman, Di­lan Per­era said the SLFP would con­test the forth­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls as an al­liance unit­ing the joint op­po­si­tion and other par­ties un­der one ban­ner to en­sure a re­sound­ing vic­tory for the SLFP led by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena.

He added that dis­cus­sions were un­der way to bring the JO, the SLPP and other par­ties that sup­port the JO into the pro­posed al­liance, and that it would most prob­a­bly be through a no-con­test pact. At the weekly SLFP news brief­ing at the party of­fice yes­ter­day, Mr. Per­era said that, if the SLFP united with the JO un­der the pro­posed al­liance, it would be ex­tended to con­test Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions this year and the Par­lia­men­tary Polls later. “We will con­test the fu­ture polls as a big po­lit­i­cal al­liance (with or with­out the sup­port of for­mer pres­i­dents Mahinda Ra­japaksa and Chan­drika Ku­maratunga). Dis­cus­sions have be­gun to unite all op­pos­ing fac­tions un­der the SLFP ban­ner,” he said. Com­ment­ing on the in­ter­ven­tion by Pres­i­dent Sirisena to re­solve many is­sues that had un­der­mined the smooth progress of the unity gov­ern­ment, Mr. Per­era said Pres­i­dent Sirisena, as the Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent, had used his pow­ers to re­solve those is­sues to the sat­is­fac­tion of all concerned.

“The ac­tion taken by Pres­i­dent Sirisena to re­solve the Cen­tral Bank bond scam and is­sues re­lat­ing to the lot­tery ticket price in­crease, SAITM, the rice price is­sue and the griev­ances of the dis­abled sol­diers are the best ex­am­ples of how Pres­i­dent Sirisena acts to the sat­is­fac­tion of all. That is why some SLFP min­is­ters are urg­ing Pres­i­dent Sirisena to take over cer­tain un­der-per­form­ing min­istries be­fore the sit­u­a­tion gets out of hand. By re­solv­ing some press­ing is­sues that come un­der the purview of other min­istries, Pres­i­dent Sirisena has shown the yel­low card to the Cab­i­net. I don’t know when he will show the red card,” he said.

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