Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the media after meeting Chief Ministers of six Provincial Councils (Pix by Ranjith Wimalasiri)

Southern provincial Council Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva explaining the SLFP’s position to the media

Possible pact ahead of LG, PC polls

Talks between Mahinda and President’s proxies fail

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has indicated that there couldn’t be a consensus between his grouping and the SLFP under the present circumstances.

Former President Rajapaksa has declared that his grouping wouldn’t accept any arrangement at the expense of the party against the backdrop of the SLFPers in government pursuing an agenda inimical to the party.

The SLFP-led Joint Opposition comprises nearly 50 elected members of parliament whereas the parliamentary group loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena is comparatively smaller. Recently Priyankara Jayaratne quit President Sirisena’s camp.

The former president reiterated his position at a meeting with Chief Ministers of six SLFP led UPFA run Provincial Councils at his official residence at Wijerama Mawatha yesterday.

Political sources told The Island that Chief Ministers had the blessings of President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the leader of the SLFP to explore ways and means of...



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