Opposition in disarray
*Fonseka sticks with JVP
*UNP reverts to elephant
*Swan left in the lurch
The main Opposition alliance of political parties the UNP, JVP, SLMC
and TNA who were together in the recent Presidential election split into
more than two groups yesterday.
The UPFA remains the strongest political party now.
The main Opposition, the UNP has decided to go alone with the
elephant symbol, Sirikotha sources said.
The JVP earlier said it would form an alliance with the UNP and the
New Democratic Front. But by yesterday it had failed to convince the UNP
leadership to enter into a no-contest pact or an agreement to contest
under a common symbol as an alliance.
JVPís former Gampaha District MP Vijitha Herath told foreign media
yesterday that the alliance with the UNP was over.
The last minute arrangements however, made with discussions of the
NDF and the JVP leadership had resulted in these two parties deciding to
contest under a new symbol, the trophy but it was not known whether the
other smaller Opposition political parties like the SLMC were prepared
to work with these two parties or contest under the trophy in the April
8 Parliamentary Election.
In the North and East too the TNA was also not aligning with the UNP
and was contesting alone while the veteran democratic politician V
Anandasangaree who refused to be an LTTE proxy is contesting separately
as the TULF.
EPDP too is also in the fray while the UPFA is also contesting the
North and East.
SLMC former Parliamentarian and Eastern Provincial Council Minister
M.L.M. Hisbullah resigned from the party to contest the Parliamentary
Election from the UPFA.