Opposition candidate hankering after power
Though the JVP-UNP combine was talking about freedom and democracy
Opposition candidate Fonseka is hankering after power as he had already
said he does not want to be a ceremonial President like William
Gopallawa, SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture and Mahaweli
Development Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.
“He works with a military mind and his first poster was in yellow
letters on a black background. Though he said he was not representing a
political party he was seen wearing a green elephant symbol on his shirt
at the Wattala UNP convention,” the Minister said at a UPFA press
Minister Maithripala Sirisena addressing the press
conference yesterday. Picture by Prabodi Lanka
“He also attended a meeting at UNP headquarters organized by the UNP
trade union JSS where he had said he would give Rs. 10,000 wage hike.
Any person with a basic knowledge of economics will know that it will
cost about Rs 120 billion to give that increase.
“We also would be happy to give a wage hike of even Rs 20,000. But we
know it could not be done as the country’s income was insufficient to do
so. This shows that Sarath Fonseka does not understand even the basics,
He said in the election agenda there were presidential,
parliamentary, provincial council and local government elections.
And all these have been held on time. The Presidential poll of
January 26 is also a clear sign of a vibrant democracy giving the people
the opportunity to elect a president.
Though LTTE was defeated and Prabhakaran was killed some shadows of
the terrorists were still lurking behind the scene and there still
existed the greatest threat to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s life. LTTE
supporters in Germany had lit crackers when they heard the news about
Fonseka joining the pro-LTTE group to contest the Presidency he noted.
Speaking further Minister Sirisena said though Fonseka promised media
freedom and democracy the Rupavahini and Independent Television Networks
crews that went to cover the first UNP convention he attended were
It clearly shows that the UNP was up to its former tricks and neither
the UNP nor Sarath Fonseka would give media freedom. Unlike that in the
recent SLFP convention held at Khettarama Stadium the media was given
full freedom and facilities to cover it without any restrictions.
When one compared the two camps in the presidential election campaign
it was easy to see that the SLFP and the UPFA were by far the only group
that would safeguard democracy and freedom of the media. (LdeS)