President Maithripala Sirisena had refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the UPFA to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. However Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that President Sirisena had refused to agree to the proposal so the talks were completely futile. The proposal was that the common list of UPFA candidates be headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament election. General Secretary of the Democratic Left Front and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara says talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in an attempt to unify the alliance, ended in failure.He said that a proposal was put forward for a common list of candidates for the August 17 election to be agreed on, which will include UPFA members supporting and against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.At the meeting a decision was to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.At the meeting the President has said that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more