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Mission to build civilised political culture – Anura Kumara

National People’s Power (‘Jathika Jana Balawegaya’) Presidential Candidate and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday that the National People’s Power movement would soon start a dialogue with the UNP, SLFP and SLPP constituencies at village level, adding that interaction with them was essential to rebuild Sri Lanka. He was addressing a gathering of the JVP’s local government representatives at the New Town Hall, Colombo.

Dissanayake said that his movement’s struggle was to introduce a civilized political culture ending years of uncivilized politics in the country. He pointed out that a strategic approach to win the village level voters was the objective of their movement.

“The local government representatives have a big role in this regard. We have a good rapport with our followers and activists, but that alone is not enough. We fail in our mission if we cannot engage with the people who support the UNP, SLFP and SLPP in the political discourse,” he remarked.

Dissanayake observed that the JVP’s active role in Parliament stands out from the rest and that it is far ahead even when it comes to the May Day rallies, constructive criticism and facts during political debates in television channels, but it has the challenge of turning this success into votes.

“A Presidential election is due soon although many groups are trying various machinations to delay it. The election will definitely be held on schedule at the end of the year. It has already been one and half years after the Local Government elections. The JVP has kept the value of each and every vote cast in its favour and we will continue to do so even in the future,” he added.

“The UNP supporters do not vote expecting immense debt and tax burdens. The supporters of the camp representing Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa do not vote expecting improper governance. None in these two camps have a moral right to talk about civilized politics in front of the people.

The Jathika Jana Balawegaya has created a force that can successfully lead the country along the right path,” he added.

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