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JVP will join UNP to support a common Candidate PDF Print E-mail
Yesterday the JVP asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reveal whether there would be a snap election and, if so, what it would be, presidential or parliamentary.

After the party convention on Sunday President Rajapakse said the SLFP Party will decide whether to hold Presidential or Parliamentary elections.

However, parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissnayake told the media at Battaramulla that JVP would go ahead with its plans to field a common presidential candidate.

Dissanayake said that the SLFP convention had been postponed from September 15 to November 15, apparently to announce the date of a premature election. "But nothing came out at the convention either on the date or which election would be held first," Dissanayake said.

On the intended talks with the UNP Dissanayake said the JVP would not forge an alliance with the UNP but it would only support a common candidate with a view to achieving objectives such as the abolition of the executive presidency, establishment of the constitutional council, resettlement of the internally displaced people (IDPs) and the prosecution or the release of the Tamil youth taken into custody during the war against the LTTE.

Anura Kumara Dissnayake denied the news item carried out by a leading Sunday Paper that there have been discussions between JVP and SLFP secretaries. This was totally false he said and went on to say “We do not want everyone to agree with our politics, but even in journalism there are ethics and publishing such blatantly false news by such Institutions to realize their narrow political aims, is very wrong and our party vehemently condemn this”.

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