Opinion poll shows clear victory for UPFA - Minister
An independent opinion poll conducted after the recent postal vote of
the Western Provincial Council election had revealed an undoubted
victory for the UPFA with a clear majority of 66 percent to 74 percent,
Minister of Transport and Railways Dullas Alahapperuma said at a press
conference held at the Mahaweli Centre Colombo yesterday (8).
The UPFA would win all 13 electorates in the Gampaha District and
five would be won by the UPFA with a majority of 30,000 votes.
He said the UPFA would also win all the electorates in the Kalutara
District winning three electorates with a majority of 20,000 votes. The
UPFA is expected to do well in the Colombo District.
Minister of Engineering Services and Construction Rajitha Senaratne
said the UNP’s slogan for the Western Provincial election was that the
Government had no proper economic management.
But most when other countries were suffering under the world economic
recession, Sri Lanka had been able to record a growth of more than 6
percent for four consecutive years while bringing down the unemployment
rate to 5.2 percent.
“When I was a member of the Ranil Wickremesinghe government my leader
said to me no more irrigation, but today President Mahinda Rajapaksa had
not only started five major irrigation programs, five major highways,
five ports, and an international airport.
I joined this Government in 2008 and already, 87 roads have been
built during that short period, Senaratne said. The fertilizer subsidy
alone costs more than Rs. 60 billion for the current year.
We have been able to perform almost an economic miracle while waging
a war against terrorism he said. Even the kinsfolk in the UNP could not
win the recent Provincial Elections and the Western Provincial Election
would be a bigger victory for the UPFA, he noted. L.S