Prof. Tissa Vitharana

The process to form a formal alliance founded on the leadership of MP Mahida Rajapaksa is presently underway, Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharana revealed last week.

Speaking to Nation Prof. Vitharana said that part of the process involved the formation of a political party as per electoral laws.

“We cannot have an alliance without a political party. Therefore, we have commenced the process of forming one. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) however remains an obstacle for this process,” he said.

Meanwhile, there were reports that a new party would be formed early next month whose symbol would be the white lotus.

However, Prof. Vitharana said he had no knowledge of such a development.

Meanwhile, SLFP MPs of the Joint Opposition (JO) observed that going by the various statements made by the party hierarchy led by President Maithripala Sirisena, it is proven that they were not serious with regard to reconciling opposing factions within the Party.
Elsewhere, the JO recently met the Commissioner of Elections to express worry and concern with regard to the indefinite postponement of the local government elections sans justifiable reason in a totally undemocratic and unfair manner.

When queried as to whether they would be forming a new party or a different political programme in the month of October, Parliamentarian Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena remarked that under the circumstances something would happen.

“There are politicians of the SLFP who have been expelled, chased away and ignored. We cannot accept the decisions of the party hierarchy. Such decisions cannot be thrust or pressed upon us. We have been pushed and compelled to take steps,” he said.
“President Sirisena and the SLFP hierarchy are not serious about reconciliation. They are merely saying things to abate matters. They are not serious about settling things and going ahead together,” he noted.