Although the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) prior to the presidential election agreed with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to contest for the General Election under a common symbol, the SLPP is in a firm stance not to change their symbol the lotus bud aka Pohottuwa, sources disclosed.
The front figures of the Pohottu Party have emphasized that the symbol should be proceeded through the General Election as their tremendous victory in the provincial election and the presidential election depended on it.
The Pohottu symbol has become the most significant symbol in the political arena, they have stressed, adding that no other symbol should be proceeded for this purpose and as only several months left for the general election, time would be not enough for promotion of another symbol, sources further disclosed.
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga in a public gathering yesterday also said that despite the criticism leveled against him that he is splitting the unity between the two parties, he is of the strong view that the next election should be won by the Pohottu symbol.
However, the SLFP has stated that the matter will be discussed with the SLPP within the next two weeks. Their focus is to contest for the election under the Chair aka Putuwa symbol as an alliance.