Bathiudeen’s All Ceylon People’s Congress and Segudawood’s United Peace Alliance announced in Colombo on Sunday that they would contest under the ‘peacock’ symbol.
Speaking to the media, Bathiudeen said they would first hand in nominations for Ampara district.
M.T. Hassan Ali, also ex-SLMC and is the chairman of the new alliance, said they would work towards a collective entry for all communities within a united Sri Lanka.
Go back and join Basil - Kabir
‘The Sunday Times’ has quoted Bathiudeen as saying that he has said during an exchange of words with UNP general secretary Kabir Hashim over the distribution of UNF electorates that Basil Rajapaksa had treated them like kings when they were with the Rajapaksa regime.
Hashim’s response has been to tell Bathiudeen to go and join Basil again.
Bathiudeen said the UPFA lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority after he left the government, of which he was a minister, in December 2014 and extended support to incumbent president Maithripala Sirisena.
Nominations for the LG polls are being accepted between 14 and 20 of December, with the election expected to take place in February.