Many United National Party candidates contesting the Local Government polls on Saturday have joined the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Duminda Pathirana is a UNP candidate contesting the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha. He has ditched the party and pledged support to the Freedom Alliance. He joined the Freedom Alliance at a meeting held in the Elpitiya town yesterday, presided by Minister Basil Rajapaksa. He said the President was developing the country with a farsighted vision. As such, Mr. Pathirana said he was willing to support him. Mr. Pathirana also said that at the polls he would be extending his support to the candidates of the Freedom Alliance who are contesting the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha. Senior Minister Piyasena Gamage, Southern Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva and Provincial Minster Chandima Rasaputhra were among those present on this occasion.