He made this comment at a meeting held between the provincial council representatives and himself at the SLPP office.
“Currently many politicians are making numerous statements regarding the election, while others are trying to insinuate that if the SLPP does not join hands with the SLFP, they would be unable to win an election.
This wrong notion should be corrected. Even if the flower bud does not join with the hand symbol, we have the ability to win elections and we have proved it. However, if these two parties join hands, the UNP could face a comprehensive defeat,” he said.
''Agreement is vital prior to forming alliance''
However, the National Organiser of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake noted that prior to the SLPP and SLFP join hands to form an alliance, there should be an agreement as to who the next presidential candidate should be.
He said the SLFP stand is that Maithripala Sirisena should be the Presidential candidate, adding that any party could join the SLFP, but the party should get leadership of such an alliance.
However, according to the SLPP Provincial Council Circle, any future election should be contested under the SLPP.
Special discussion at President’s house: Basil, Duminda both absent
Meanwhile, a special meeting was held between the SLFP and SLPP at the President’s official residence at Mahagamasekara Mawatha, Colombo 07 on February 06th under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The meeting was attended by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, Professor G.L. Peiris, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Mahinda Amaraweera, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Douglas Devananda, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, A.H.M. Athaulla, Prof. Tissa Witharana and several other party leaders.
It is reported that they had discussed the formation of a new alliance for around two hours.
It was also discussed at this meeting to broaden the committee appointed by the SLPP under the leadership of Dallas Alahapperuma by including several UPFA representatives as well.
Accordingly, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Thilanga Sumathipala, A.H.M. Athaulla and Douglas Devananda were included, while Udaya Gammanpila was appointed as this committee convenor.
This committee is vested with the responsibility of coming to an agreement regarding the alliance within the next two weeks, it is reported.
It was also decided at this meeting to hold a meeting between the coalition leaders on 16th or 17th of this month under the patronage of the president subsequent to the committee meetings being held.