UPFA predicts clean sweep
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday claimed that
they would make a clean sweep at Saturday’s Provincial Council election
for Central and Northwestern, winning all 40 polling divisions in the
five districts with an overwhelming majority.
Citing their latest electoral surveys, Transport Minister Dullas
Alahapperuma said that a question mark over a UPFA victory hanged only
at one of the polling divisions in Kandy and added that this too would
follow the trend on polling day. The Minister also noted that the UPFA
had engaged in a scientific, disciplined and effective campaign.
The party had conducted six major rallies in the five districts under
the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, with a capacity crowd in
attendance, he added.
Another 20 rallies were held with Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickramanayaka at the helm, with another 2,312 meetings at grassroot
level. In addition, every home in the five districts were visited at
least twice during the period, he added.
Identifying the UPFA as a party which valued discipline above all,
the Minister claimed that anybody who tried to tarnish the image and
belittle the imminent victory by engaging in malpractices would be taken
to task irrespective of status. He added that the President had given
strict advise to the Party Secretary to keep discipline at high level
and to bring to book whoever breached these conditions irrespective of
The Minister during the final UPFA media briefing before the polls,
also accused the UNP leader of engaging in dirty tricks in the face of
an unprecedented defeat. He said the recent claims of the UNP leader who
questioned whether the Government was trying to block a leader emerging
from upcountry was intended at creating regionalism.
He also said this kind of tactics which was not even fit for a
Provincial Council MP exposed the political bankruptcy of the UNP