Written by Staff Writer
30 Mar, 2014 | 9:09 pm
Let us take a look at what representatives of key political parties had to say about the elections.
SLFP General Secretary, Minister Maithripala Sirisena:
“We are extremely happy. Through this election result the people of the Western and Southern Provinces have once again shown their approval for the programme of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and have given us a resounding victory. “
He added: “At the same time the people have rejected all the false statements that the opposition led by the United National Party have made against the government. At a time when resolutions were adopted through Geneva to put our country in trouble for the want of the Imperialists and the Eelamists behind it, the people have expressed their view against that resolution too. This election result is important nationally and internationally.”
Leader of JVP, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake,
“The people have given us their support and the strength to carry out the duties of a strong and powerful opposition, against the anti-people programmes of this government. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has ensured that this Provincial Council Election is a turning point for politics in this country.”
“The close to 265,000 votes we have received is a foundation to change the political culture of the country. We will topple this government and establish a government that is more faithful to the people, a government that will give the people economic justice and a government that will establish a free, fair and democratic society. We have commenced the steps to topple this government at this provincial council election,” he added.
Chairman of UNP, MP Kabir Hashim,
“The message that our voters have given us is that they are prepared to give us the strength to turn our party into the ruling party. The United National Party must be re-organised in the future. We have understood through this that the time has come to reveal our vision, our new programme and our policy framework to the country. Also, we think that our party needs to be re-organised at the grassroots level. It is a message that we have received. If our voter base is of a certain position, we believe that out of respect for our voters, we must introduce a new programme to take them to a higher plain.”
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