Former CM confident of victory
Former North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal
Dissanayke said he would be re-elected again as the NCP Chief Minister
for the fourth consecutive time. He said so inaugurating his Provincial
Council election campaign at the SLFP's Anuradhapura district office at
Anuradhapura airport road.
A large number of party activists and stalwarts were present at the
inaugural public rally. “There are a number of rumours and rhetoric
spreading with regard to the chief ministership of the North Central
Province and media publishing contradictory news items. Whatever these
groups predict about the Chief Minister’s Office I will be the chief
‘During the last PC polls a powerful person contested under the UNP
ticket, who was an Army general. He too couldn’t defeat me. There is a
saying and a belief that most politicians in power for a very long
period get bankrupt or unpopular.
‘But Berty Premalal Dissanayake doesn’t fall into that category” the
former Chief Minister said.
He said that in the last three elections his votes had increased. He
recalled that in 1999 he gave up a cabinet portfollo to contest the NCP
PC under the UPFA.
The former Chief Minister said he did so with the genuine thought of
working for the betterment of the people of Rajarata dedicatedly and
“During my stay in office of the Chief Minister since 1999, I have
been able to cause overall development in the fields of provincial
education, healthcare, power and water supply and transportation, apart
from miraculous development with the 2012 Deyata Kirula project.
‘In the field of agriculture and irrigation development alone more
than 1500 dilapidated tanks were completely rehabilitated” Premalal
said. He questioned, whether it was highly essential to nominate a
candidate to contest the Chief Ministership and that the lapse was not a
problem or an inconvenience since he was sure to become Chief Minister
for the 4th consecutive term.