Dulles Alahapperuma is said to be making strategic moves to become the common candidate for the next presidential election. He is known to have cordial relationships across the political spectrum.
As the three main possible candidates, Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD), Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW), and Sajith Premadasa (SP), are facing different challenges, a power vacuum is building.
Wimal Weerawansa and his group have held talks with Alahapperuma and his colleagues.
Alahapperuma is known for having cordial relationships across the political spectrum, and he is trying to follow the Maithripala Sirisena formula of “something for everyone.”
Meanwhile, certain factions of the National People’s Power (NPP) are promoting Harini Amarasuriya, and AKD has quickly announced his intention to stand as the NPP candidate.
However, the situation seems to be settled for the moment, as Amarasuriya has not made any public comments on the matter.
The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has announced Premadasa as their presidential candidate, but talks of a merger between the SJB and the United National Party (UNP) are continuing in the background.
Informed political sources say that Sarath Fonseka is also aspiring to become the presidential candidate.
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to launch a membership drive to strengthen the party, with a program headed by Basil Rajapaksa.