Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Kumara Welgama has said that plans are underway to bring to power an educated youth from a well-known political family through a broad political alliance, but refused to confirm if the youth is Vimukthi Kumaratunga, the son of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
He noted that the said alliance would be formed against the present Government and that it is likely to be named “Api Sri Lanka”.
Welgama said this speaking to the media after a meeting held in Nawala with the participation of representatives of several political parties and civil society organisations to discuss the formation of said alliance.
“A very good leader is coming in the future. We are working to bring forward an educated young leader from a well-known family through this alliance that is to be formed,” he added.
When queried by journalists as to whether Vimukthi Kumaratunga, the son of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and popular late actor Vijaya Kumaranatunga, is the young leader in question that Welgama is referring to, he said that it would be seen in the future as to whether this is the case.
On an earlier occasion, Welgama claimed that no force could stop members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), and all other anti-Government Leftist forces, who have now become helpless owing to the conduct of the SLPP-SLFP-led Government, from joining the New Lanka Freedom Party (NLFP) led by him. Claiming that the SLFP was currently moving in the wrong direction, Welgama opined that it was his responsibility to protect its members. He added that arrangements have already been made for the establishment of a broad force where all those who are unhappy with the SLFP, the SLPP, and any other political party could join.
Welgama launched a new political movement called the NLFP on 6 March 2020 and the launch of the party was held under the theme “A Clean Bandaranaike Policy”, a reference to the policies of the slain SLFP Founder and Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.
Attempts to contact Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to inquire as to whether there are any plans for her son Vimukthi Kumaratunga to come to politics were unsuccessful.