Techno rumours, Oppn’s desperate tool
There is a strategic plan to spread false rumors among the public
using new technology and communication means, said Petroleum Industries
Minister Susil Premajayantha.
Addressing the Colombo District Party Conference at the Temple Trees
yesterday, he said that the people should be armed with true knowledge
to defeat such plans of the Opposition.
Premajayantha said that it is reported that various false rumours
will be spread through websites and email to tarnish the Government’s
image when the Local Government Elections come get closer.
He said that the government has organized a series of rallies to make
the public aware of the reality. Water Supply and Drainage Minister
Dinesh Gunawardena said that both political and economic stability are
needed for rapid development in the country.
“Even though the opposition repeatedly claimed that the country would
be denied of IMF and European aid, the IMF has approved its third
quarter of financial assistance while European countries have extended
their continuous support to our development efforts,” he said.
Gunawardena pointed out that the contribution of Local Governments is
notable during the next five years since the country heads for an
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka observed that the
uprising in the Arabian countries would be a good example for the
opposition since the UNP is in a crisis to overthrow its leadership.
“The Hosni Mubarak Theory can be better applied to the JVP and
Sirikotha. The UNP has been unable to overthrow Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe even after many attempts. The President has conducted a
number of elections during the recent past and people have willingly
accepted his regime. However most of these Arabian countries have not
held elections for years,” he said.
Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa observed that this election would be the last
opportunity for another five years for the UNP to demand for a change in
the leadership. He noted that both government and opposition supporters
will use their vote for the betel leaf to terminate Wickremesinghe’s
“The opposition has no slogan against the government other than the
prices of goods. With the implementation of one million domestic units
this slogan will also vanish,” he said.
Scientific Affairs Senoir Minister Prof Tissa Vitarana also addressed