The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) has sought the support of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to secure second preferential votes for SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Sunday Morning learnt the proposal had been put forward by SLPP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa to the JVP leadership during a recent telephone conversation.
The revelation was made by JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake during a public discussion.
However, JVP MP Ratnayake said the party leaders had rejected the proposal, saying that they would only ask their supporters to vote for their presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake, JVP sources told The Sunday Morning.
When contacted by The Sunday Morning, JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti acknowledged that Rajapaksa had made a proposal to Rathnayake, but insisted that his party would not support Rajapaksa at any cost.
“We had decided to field our own candidate as the public were fed up of the current administration and therefore, there is no reason to support Rajapaksa directly or indirectly,” MP Handunnetti said.
However, SLPP Media Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said his party’s National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa had denied holding any such discussion with the JVP.