The United Peoples Party (UPP) led by public security minister Tiran Alles says mainstream parties are committing a grave crime by their silence on important issues that need to be discussed openly.
It cites racism and religious extremism that raise their heads from time to time, essential state sector and educational reforms as some of these issues.
UPP’s propaganda secretary Chaminda Gunasinghe, in a notice on social media, says it is politically mischievous to avoid such burning problems and speak about traditional things like economy, bribery and corruption.
He says his party is creating a dialogue on issues that need close attention irrespective of political gains or losses as a national responsibility.
Gunasinghe invites any existing populist party to likewise come forward and air its ideas fearlessly.