‘WPC victory reflects UPFA’s national thinking’
In a few hours or in few days the brutal terrorism in the north would
take its last journey and a new Sri Lankan nation will begin to develop.
Therefore everyone should rally round President Mahinda Rajapaksa to
rebuild it, Transport and Railways Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said at
the final UPFA press conference held at the Mahaweli Centre Colombo
Western Provincial Council election victory for the UPFA reflected
national thinking shedding differences of religion or ethnicity or
regional background, he said.
The UNP had lost its bastion Colombo district in the Provincial
Council election like the LTTE losing Killinochchi. Giving statistical
analyses to give reasons for their defeat was a hilarious exercise the
Though the UNP claim the percentage of votes had decreased it had
actually increased from 47.83 percent to 59 percent in Colombo district
56 percent to 61 percent in Kalutara district 61 percent to 63 percent
in Gampaha district from 2004 to 2009, Alahapperuma noted.
Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the UNP had not felt the
pulse of the people and they ridiculed the victories of the Armed
Forces. UNP also obstructed the inflow of the aid funds from INGOs and
NGOs but supported the LTTE. Therefore the people rejected the UNP and
even strong UNPers joined hands with the UPFA eroding the strength of
Whatever statistics the UNP put forward it had suffered the 19th
defeat entering the Guiness Book of Records, he noted.
The JVP also lost peoples support scoring only 2.4 percent of votes
thanks to J. R. Jayawardene’s Proportional Representation System they
retained 3 seats but they may not get a single seat in the next
parliamentary elections the Minister said.
UPFA had secured a higher percentage of votes than forecast by
opinion polls held before the election. That showed the people strongly
endorsed the policies of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government said UPFA
General Secretary and Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha.
The present JVP leadership was not capable of leading their
membership or how to face defeat. The best thing the JVP memberships
could do now is to corporate with President Mahinda Rajapaksa who
defeated terrorism and started a new socio economic war to develop the
country, National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa folded the terrorist map of the North and
East, but he unfolded the democratic election map from the East to West
wining all the provincial elections. The President also folded the UNP
map of conspiracies. Now it was the beginning of a new war of socio
economic development, Housing Minister Geethanjana Gunawardene said.