Plans have been made to hold meetings in main cities with the participation of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a membership recruitment drive for the Podujana Eksath Peramuna, reports say.
Former minister Basil Rajapaksa and SLFP MPs in the joint opposition too, are due to join in, says the JO. Basil has said that the JO will contest elections under the ‘flower bud’ symbol of the Podujana Eksath Peramuna.
Meanwhile, the Nidahas Kala Sandhanaya says artistes too, will participate in these meetings, said its spokesman. It says it has a membership of more than 400 and that there are a further 700 who have sent in applications to become members.
A poster and cutout campaign is already on under this membership recruitment drive. However, SLFP seniors point out that Mahinda is lying when he says he will not work to divide the party.
Janitha Prasad Senanayake