Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna

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Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ
இலங்கை பொதுஜன முன்னணி
LeaderMahinda Rajapaksa[a]
ChairpersonG. L. Peiris
SecretarySagara Kariyawasam
Headquarters1316 Nelum Mawatha, Jayanthipura, Battaramulla[3][4]
Youth wingSri Lanka Peoples Youth Front
IdeologyRight Wing Socialism[5][6]
Sinhala nationalism[7][8]
Political positionRight-wing
Colors        
Local Government Bodies[9]
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Election symbol
Flower bud
SlpjpLogo.jpg

The Sri Lanka People's Front (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ, translit. Śrī Laṃkā Podujana Peramuna; Tamil: இலங்கை பொதுஜன முன்னணி, translit. Ilaṅkai Potujaṉa Muṉṉaṇi), commonly known by its Sinhalese name Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), is a Sri Lankan political front. Previously a minor political party known as the Sri Lanka National Front (SLNF) and Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front (OSLFF), it was relaunched 2016 as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and became the home for members of the United People's Freedom Alliance loyal to its former leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The front's chairman is G. L. Peiris and its secretary is Sagara Kariyawasam.[10]

History[edit]

Sri Lanka National Front[edit]

The Sri Lanka National Front (Sri Lanka Jathika Peramuna) contested the 2001 parliamentary election in 15 of the 22 electoral districts but failed to win any seats in Parliament after securing only 719 votes (0.01%) across the country.[11] The SLNF contested the 2004 parliamentary election in 17 of the 22 electoral districts but failed to win any seats in Parliament after securing only 493 votes (0.01%) across the country.[12] SLNF leader Wimal Geeganage contested the 2005 presidential election and came in eighth after securing 6,639 votes (0.07%).[13]

The SLNF contested the 2010 parliamentary election in 19 of the 22 electoral districts but failed to win any seats in Parliament after securing only 5,313 votes (0.07%) across the country.[14] Geeganage contested the 2015 presidential election and came in 19th (and last) after securing 1,826 votes (0.02%).[15]

Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front[edit]

In 2015 the SLNF changed its name to Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front (Ape Sri Lanka Nidahas Peramuna) and its symbol from cricket bat to flower bud.[16][17] In early 2016 OSLFF leader Geeganage hinted that there would be change in the party leadership's soon.[18]

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna[edit]

In November 2016 OSLFF relaunched itself as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, a front for the Joint Opposition, and appointed former Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris, a Rajapaksa ally, as its chairman.[19][20] Attorney-at-law Sagara Kariyawasam was the front's secretary and its symbol was the flower bud.[21][22] Kariyawasam is a former Sri Lanka Freedom Party organiser and has served as attorney for Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.[23][24][25] Basil Rajapaksa, another brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, joined the SLPP shortly after it was formed.[26]

Sri Lankan local elections, 2018 were held on 10 February 2018; the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna contested for the election under its flower bud symbol.[27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mahinda Rajapaksa is considered to be the real leader of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna whilst its official leader G. L. Peiris is considered to be Rajapaksa's proxy.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka's Local Government Polls: Time To Send Signals?". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ Liyanagama, Lakdev (6 July 2017). "Waiting to Vote". Daily News. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Contact". Sri Lanka People's Youth Front. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ Marasinghe, Sandasen; Jayamanna, Kamal (12 Feb 2018). "Historic victory for SLPP - JO". Daily News. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/don-t-buy-lankan-assets-may-nationalise-jvs-if-i-come-to-power-rajapaksa-118080300391_1.html
  6. ^ http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100627/Columns/eco.html
  7. ^ Perera, Jehan. "Prevent Vicious Cycle From Re-Emerging After Election". peace-srilanka.org. The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  8. ^ Jayakody, Rasika (8 October 2017). "Week of Masqueraders". sundayobserver.lk. The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  9. ^ [http: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SLPP-wins-LG-bodies-UNP--145619.html http: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SLPP-wins-LG-bodies-UNP--145619.html] Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna". Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Results of Parliamentary General Election - 2001" (PDF). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Results of Parliamentary General Election - 2004" (PDF). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Results Of Presidential Election - 2005 (Summary)" (PDF). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Results of Parliamentary General Election - 2010" (PDF). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Results Of Presidential Election - 2015" (PDF). Colombo, Sri Lanka: Election Commission of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  16. ^ "If UPFA nomination foils; Mahinda prepared to contest through 'budding flower'". Ada Derana. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  17. ^ "G.L. Peiris to Chair Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna changed". puvath.lk. November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  18. ^ Fernando, Tharushan (2 February 2016). "Contention in political circles over budding new political party". News First. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  19. ^ "GL named Chairman of Podujana Peramuna". The Daily Mirror. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  20. ^ Sri Abeyratne, Dharma (3 November 2016). "Renamed political party under GL's chairmanship". Daily News. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  21. ^ Dharmasena, Ranil (3 November 2016). "Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna formed". The Island. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  22. ^ "'Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front' changes name; GL named Chairman". Ada Derana. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  23. ^ Jayakody, Rasika (14 February 2016). "SLFP cracks down on dissidents as pro-MR party suffers birth-pangs". Sunday Observer. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  24. ^ Fonseka, Piyumi (26 July 2015). "MR sends Letters of Demand". The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  25. ^ Ramakrishnan, T. (24 April 2015). "Gotabaya Rajapaksa appears before anti-graft body". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Basil Rajapaksa Joins Sri Lanka Podujana Permauna". Hiru News. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  27. ^ [hhttps://www.newsradio.lk/2017/12/13/podu-jana-peramuna-submits-nominations/ "Podu Jana Peramuna submits nominations"]. News Radio. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.