problem over seat allocation
planned SLFP-JVP coalition agreement has been temporarily grounded due
to differences following a demand the JVP has made regarding seat
allocation in parliament.
have also laid down a condition that the party should be given a top
position within the alliance, senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has demanded 30 seats in parliament.
SLFP hierarchy has said it is not possible to do so. SLFP officials told
The Sunday Leader that this might be the cause for President Chandrika
Kumaratunga's procrastination in entering into a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to finally form the alliance with the JVP.
sources said even if they fail to obtain more seats, the party might
have to sacrifice its national list for the sake of pleasing the JVPers,
which they said might come under strong opposition from within the
party's rank and file.
week JVP MP for Anuradhapura, K.D. Lalkantha accused President
Kumaratunga of delaying the signing of the MoU with the JVP. Casting
doubts he said the party was not certain whether the proposed alliance
with the SLFP would materialise.
want either the secretary's post or the chairman's post. This is going
to be a problem specially when the SLFP comprises senior and seasoned
politicians," they added.
People's Alliance (PA) General Secretary, D. M. Jayaratne admitted some
members of the SLFP are not satisfied with the demands the JVP has made
in order to enter into an alliance with the SLFP.
said still discussions are going on and added though there are many
hurdles, both parties might be in a position to coalesce with a view to
defeating the United National Front (UNF) government.
said subjects regarding the devolution of power, allocation of seats and
a few other issues are still a "block" to the planned
alliance. "I am sure through discussion we could iron out these
differences, he said.
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse also said though there are
impediments, both parties might come to an agreement soon.
that there are no problems. We face problems but we are trying to sort
these out through dialogue. And I feel very soon we might tie the
knot," he told The Sunday Leader.