Amid moves to finalise the formation of a new political party helmed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Joint Opposition (JO) has commenced discussions with their supporters in the Northern Province in order to muster the support of the Tamils in the area.

Accordingly, key members of the JO are currently in discussions with their supporters at the grass-roots level.

Former  Minister,  MP  Basil  Rajapaksa  told  weekend Nation that they had commenced discussions with their supporters in local government institutions.

“We have already started talks with our supporters. However, we will officially commence our activities to gather support of the minorities once these initial discussions are completed,” Rajapaksa said.

Voters in the North played a significant role in the dismantling of the former Rajapaksa government in 2015.