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* Sri Lanka Marxist party not to form alliances with capitalist political parties in future
Wed, Dec 25, 2013, 09:32 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the party will not form any alliance in the future with political parties that have capitalist values.

JVP politburo member and the party's Chief Ministerial candidate for the Western Provincial Council, K.D. Lalkantha has said that the party was still trying to overcome the setback it has suffered after forming an alliance with a capitalist party in the past.

He noted that forming an alliance with the Chandrika Kumaratunga government and later President Mahinda Rajapaksa were mistakes made by the party.

"We built a force on the basis of being different from the two main political parties in the country since 1994. We managed to secure 16 parliamentary seats by contesting solo before forming any alliance," Lalkantha explained.

He noted that the party had made a mistake bringing President Mahinda Rajapaksa into power in 2005.

According to the senior JVP member, the party in order to defeat Ranil Wickremasinghe and the UNP had brought a worse person into power.

"We have discussed and the party has accepted its mistake and is determined not to make the same mistake in the future," Lalkantha said.

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