Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not join with the new political front to be formed by the ‘Join Opposition’ for the next local government election, political sources said.
Accordingly, Rajapaksa is expected to remain neutral at the local government elections.
The purpose of forming a new party was to get pro-Rajapaksa votes and to bring forth pro-Mahinda representatives from rural areas. If pro-Mahinda voters refrain from voting, the victory of UNP would be inevitable, sources from the Joint Opposition said. However, the formation of the new front is almost certain, informed political sources also added.
The new political party will be formed with the aim of contesting as a separate group at the forthcoming Local Government election.