Basil to discuss with SLFP

A decisive round of talks between the President Maithripala Sirisena-led Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (27) on forming an alliance, senior SLPP sources told The Sunday Morning.

The SLPP team at the discussion is to be led by SLPP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa and is to include party Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris and MP Dullas Alahapperuma.

The SLFP team will consist of SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera, and MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Jayasekara told The Sunday Morning that Tuesday’s discussion would likely be the final discussion since the outcome of the meeting would form the base for the discussion between Sirisena and Rajapaksa in order to reach a final decision on the proposed alliance.

Meanwhile, Alahapperuma told The Sunday Morning that since the policies and structure of the proposed alliance had already been discussed between the two parties at previous discussions, Tuesday’s meeting would focus on finalising these issues and forming the base for the party leaders’ discussion.

However, he said the final decision on the proposed alliance would be made by the two party leaders.