‘Ranil undermined Gamini’s presidential bid’
‘When late Gamini Dissanayake contested the 1994 Presidential
election as the UNP candidate it was Ranil Wickremesinghe who undermined
his campaign by disclosing his election strategies to People’s Alliance
candidate Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, alleged Health Minister
Maithripala Sirisena addressing a UPFA election rally held at Siripura,
Polonnaruwa on Monday. As such can any UNP supporter who honoured and
respected late Gamini Dissanayake vote for the UNP led by Ranil at the
forthcoming Provincial Council election, asked Minister Sirisena who
asked all UNPers who honoured late Gamini Dissanayake to vote for the
UPFA led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Minister Sirisena said all UNPers should also remember that it was
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who eliminated the cruel LTTE terrorists who
took the life of Gamini Dissanayake.
Minister Sirisena said a crisis within the UNP had caused the
dismemberment of the party today. Ranil Wickremesinghe recently summoned
his rubber stamp UNP Working Committee and extended the term of party
president for six years.
‘The party rank and file had already criticized this undemocratic
move. Therefore, the UNP had no right to point an accusing finger
against the government when it did not practise democracy within its own
‘Perhaps Ranil Wickremesinghe may be trying out the tactics of his
uncle J.R. Jayewardene who threatened to roll up the electoral map of
Sri Lanka sometime ago.
Referring to the JVP, Minister Sirisena said the party which enjoyed
its summer in 2004 by getting 39 members elected to Parliament ruined
its prospects by taking politically wrong and disastrous decisions
Minister Sirisena said the Provincial Council elections were held not
merely to elect a group of members but to show the world especially
and forces arraigned against our nation that the ordinary people of
this country fully backed the policies adopted by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and his government for their future welfare and progress. The
one and only objective of Eelamists and their supporters here and abroad
who aspired to establish a separate state in Sri Lanka was to defeat the
Rajapaksa government. That was why anyone should think twice before
voting for the UNP, he added.