July 29, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to contest the upcoming elections to the Uva Provincial Council separately.
The NFF leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa told a media conference today the decision was taken because ruling UPFA is devoid of integrity and lack inter party consensus.
According to political sources, a dispute has arisen between the ruling alliance and the NFF since the UPFA has decided to grant nomination to former Provincial Councilor of Moneragala district Udayakumara Wengappuli, who left NFF and joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of UPFA, in May this year.
NFF says that Udayakumara is under a disciplinary probe of the party and therefore the party protests granting him nomination to contest the Uva Provincial Council election.
However, UPFA is in a policy of granting nomination to all the former Provincial Councilors if they have applied, coalition sources say.
NFF Moneragala District organizer Padma Udayashantha Gunasekara told media that he will not contest from the UPFA if the alliance nominates Wengappuli.