Dec 11, 2017

Last round of SLFP-JO talks fail Featured

A last round of talks between the SLFP and the joint opposition last Friday on contesting the local government polls has ended in failure.

Therefore, the SLFP-led UPFA has decided to contest under its ‘betel leaf’ symbol, while the JO will field candidates under the ‘flower bud’ symbol of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

However, the SLFP will contest for some LG bodies under its ‘hand’ symbol, and for plantation areas will ally with Arumugam Thondanan’s ‘cock’ symbol, and with A.L.M. Athaulla in the eastern province.

The JO will contest several LG bodies in the eastern province with Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan’s party under the ‘boat’ symbol.

Failure to agree

At the SLFP-JO talks that took place at a secret location in Colombo from 10.00 am to midnight on Friday, several matters came under discussion and they failed to agree on the condition that SLFP should leave the government.

Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Dilan Perera represented the SLFP, while G.L. Peiris and Basil Rajapaksa attended from the JO’s side.

The discussion took place with the knowledge of president Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, and had it been successful, a decisive meeting was due to be held between the two, reports add.