Sinister plan on polls eve
*Moves to block voting
*Violence against UPFA a precursor
*88-89 type operation bared
There was a move to rob or buy National Identity Cards of voters on
January 24 or 25 to prevent voters exercising their franchise. We have
informed the Elections Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police
to take action to deploy mobile police patrols to prevent miscreants
resorting to the same tactics adopted by subversive elements during the
spate of violence in 1988-90 period, UPFA General Secretary and
Education Minister Susil Premajayanth said yesterday.
Addressing the UPFA press conference at the Mahaveli Centre he said
the same elements that were experienced in this violation of the law and
human rights were now members of a registered political party.
They had cut the fingers of those who exercised the vote and killed
election officers. “Apart from that there had been incidents of violence
against the UPFA at Madurankuliya, and Anamaduwa where two of our
supporters were killed and 10 other supporters were hospitalized.” There
were some more incidents of violence at different parts of the country
and those who had the experience of violence have brought violence into
the election campaign. He said there was a chain of events coming down
from two to three years to destabilize the UPFA Government.
The first was when the foreign aid group met in Galle to discuss aid
to Sri Lanka the report of the Parliamentary Commission (COPE) was
published in a newspaper though it was not officially released ,to
prejudice the aid group.
Though the COPE findings of corruption was about UNP Ministers
elements opposed to the Government attempted to use it for their own
advantage. The second attempt was made during 2007 to defeat the budget
2008 in Parliament and very large sums of money from foreign sources
came into the country to topple the Government.
The third was the case of JNP parliamentarian Mohamed Muzzamil who
was offered a bribe of Rs 30 million and the same elements with the
backing of certain foreign powers were still trying to destabilize the
country. Answering a question he said it was decided to hold the
Presidential Election two years ahead of the due date to defeat the
anti-national forces and re-elect President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a
The first election slogan of the JVP was that they would abolish the
Executive Presidency but former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva who was in
the Opposition Presidential election campaign says that the powers of
the executive presidency would be curbed. The abolition of the executive
presidency has now become a mere political slogan of the Opposition he
Continuing Premajayanth said that there was an attempt to tell the
public that there was no agreement between candidate Sarath Fonseka and
the Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan.