Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, Basil, yesterday claimed that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will win over 200 local government bodies and control the highest number of local government institutions after the coming elections.
Addressing the media, Rajapaksa added that during the 2015 Presidential and General Elections, the alliance led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa won in over 150 local government areas and that they expect to add between 50 and 60 more to that.
"We are stronger now and the people are frustrated with the government. Therefore, will surely win over 200 local government bodies," he said.
Rajapaksa added that SLPP will contest jointly with a number of political parties affiliated to the Joint Opposition, including the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan aka Pillayan, etc.
"We are also planning to form an alliance with Tamil political parties that oppose the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). We will contest in the North anyway," he said. The political parties that will contest with the SLPP have already agreed on a number of principals.
These include the acceptance of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as their leader, contesting the coming local government elections together and a common manifesto.
"We are also looking at how we would contest. We can either contest under a new alliance like the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA,) we can contest under an alliance like the one the United National Party (UNP) formed for the 2015 general election or we can divide the local government bodies among us and contest," he said.