NFF members meet president as JO crisis deepens

Certain MPs from Wimal Weerawansa’s NFF are leading a strong campaign within the joint opposition against the Basil Rajapaksa faction for having sabotaged talks with the SLFP, political sources say.

That opposition has heightened over the selection of candidates for the election for local government institutions, as Basil has disagreed with a NFF request to give it 10 per cent of candidates from every electorate.

Following that, certain members of the NFF had a secret meeting with president Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (01) and discussed their joining the SLFP, the sources say.

A coordinating secretary to the president has organized the talks, after which NFF provincial councilor Jayantha Wijesekara joined the SLFP.

Several of its MPs are to follow suit in the coming week.

Deal strikers in the JO

Meanwhile, UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera has alleged that JO was having deal strikers with the UNP who have sabotaged the SLFP-JO talks, according to Divaina.

The accusation is leveled against the JO financier Basil and his followers.

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