Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party takes form

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party takes form

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party takes form

Written by Tharushan Fernando

18 Jan, 2016 | 7:22 pm

Rumors are abound that a new political party may be established under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several decisive steps had been taken on this matter during a meeting held in Wariyapola on Saturday(Jan 16th ).

The meeting was convened at the residence of UPFA North Western Provincial Councilor D.B. Herath and was supposed to be a meeting of ruling party councilors of the North Western Provincial Council. Incidentally former Minister Basil Rajapaksa was also present at this meeting alongside several members of the Maha Sangha who were also present to invoke blessings.

“Who is saying this? Not I. I am not aware of this” said the former president, when he was questioned as to whether he will contest under a new party under the symbol of the lotus flower on Saturday.

Today, Newsfirst uncovered the decisions that were reached during Saturday’s meeting.

UPFA North Western Provincial Councilor D.B. Herath noted that during the meeting held at his residence,  a decision was reached to implement a new program to rally the public and change the course of the current political system.
He further added that Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa had decided to extend their fullest support to this endeavour and it was decided that an office would be established to move ahead with this progarm

Leader of the Mahajana Party,Asanka Navaratne stated that the meeting was organised based on the wishes of the former president.  “I believe so” he answered when questions were raised as to whether a desicion was made to contest in the upcoming elections under a new party

He further added that a group of around 40MPs who are opposed to the coalition government of the SLFP are currently occupying seats in the opposition along with MP Mahinda Rajapaksa. He went on to note that a new political party comprising of those in the opposition will be established and a broad alliance will be formed to defeat the program of this coalition government.

When questioned regarding the symbol of this new party he replied that this is not the time to unveil it

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