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Seventeen political parties sign MoU

Political party representatives signing the agreement.  Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunne
Political party representatives signing the agreement. Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunne

Sri Lanka Podujana Peremuna (SLPP), Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and 15 other political parties yesterday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a new alliance, Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Sandanaya to contest at the upcoming Parliamentary election under one symbol.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at the Foundation Institute under the patronage of SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the leaders of the member parties of this alliance.

Addressing the occasion, SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that political parties with different political ideologies have been united as patriotic political parties to work towards the common goal of creating a prosperous Sri Lanka.

“We have to overcome lots of challenges along the journey of creating a prosperous country. We have to ensure the sovereignty of the nation, unity, national security, rebuild the collapsed economy, ensure democracy, ensure rule of law, poverty eradication, and narrow the gap between rich and poor. We can win those challenges and we have already proved practically that we have strength to overcome any challenge for the betterment of the country as well as its citizens. We are committed to fulfill the expectations of Sri Lankan youth,” Rajapaksa said.

Commenting on his policy document, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that his document consists of plans that can be implemented practically and it had been prepared by including solutions for the issues face by intellectuals, entrepreneurs, businessmen and even the ordinary villagers.

“I expect the fullest support of all political parties that have been united as this new alliance to fulfill the pledges given to the people of this country though the policy statement. The support of the Legislature, Provincial Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas is very much essential to fulfill those pledges,” he said.

“The new coalition would be helpful to form a strong government. The 17 member parties of this alliance had secured more than 56 percent votes at the previous Pradeshiya Sabha elections,” he said. “Our Presidential election campaign had been started by keeping 56 percent votes in our hands. So our victory is inevitable,” he added.

SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa, SLPP Chairman G.L.Peiris, SLFP Acting Chairman Prof Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara, UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, Leaders of member parties Dinesh Gunawardana, D.E.W.Gunasekara, Prof Tissa Vitharana, Wasudewa Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Arumugam Thondaman, Douglas Dewananda, A.L.M. Athaulla, Asanka Nawaratne, Tiran Allas, General Secretaries of member parties, Parliamentarians, Pradeshiya Sabha members and many other distinguished guests participated in this occasion.

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