Reliable sources now say that Ms. Kumaratunga is to make a comeback and enter Parliament under the National List after the next General Elections. Meanwhile, her son Vimukthi Kumaratunga too would contest the poll from the Gampaha District, considered the bastion of the Bandaranaikes, these sources say.
Though the former President had vowed never to return to local politics after she had to relinquish the highest post in the land, she is reportedly the key behind the formation of the new alliance with the United National Party (UNP) as the main coalition partner.
While former Foreign Minister and PA strongman Mangala Samaraweera is reportedly playing a key role in hammering this alliance together, it is reportedly Ms. Kumaratunga who has urged Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to change the UNP’s elephant symbol for another to fight the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
UPFA breakaway Mangala Samaraweera’s newly formed ‘Ape Jathika Peramuna’, Rauff Hakeem’s Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Mano Ganesan’s Western People’s Front and another newly formed or splinter group calling themselves ‘Nava Sihala Urumaya’ are to join the UNP to from the new grand alliance before the end of August.
So the masses have to wait to find out whether Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, together with her former adversaries now turned compatriots and Mangala Samaraweera et al can stage a repeat performance like the one they did in 1994.