Maithripala disputes opposition claims: says “Fonseka won more seats than they had”

Maithripala disputes opposition claims: says “Fonseka won more seats than they had”

Written by Staff Writer

31 Mar, 2014 | 9:13 pm

Convening a media briefing on Monday morning the UPFA commented on their election victory.

Speaking at the briefing,  SLFP General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena said: “The United National Party has not seen a large increase in the number of votes or a major victory. But the minor parties, that is the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Sarath Fonseka’s party have won more seats than they had.”

He added: “During elections that do not change the government of the country, it is normal for minor parties to make such gains. In an election that changes governments like the parliamentary election or a presidential election, the people cast their vote for the main parties. We completely reject the analysis that was made by opposition parties at media briefings convened after the results were announced. We must note that it is very clear that the Alliance Government, the government of His Excellency the President, has won a major victory.”

SLFP Treasurer, Min. Dullas Alahapperuma also expressed his views.

“In truth what happened in the Hambantota district is that the JVP which had 11 percent of the vote, has increased their percentage of the vote to 12 percent. We must accept that there has been a revival among the JVP supporters. This shows that Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s leadership has been more of a revival for the JVP supporters than Somawansa Amarasinghe’s leadership,” he said.

The Ministers offered this response to a question posed by a journalist on the United National Party.

UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha:

“In our analysis we say that the leadership council has not succeeded in responding to the poltical decline of the United National Party.”

Dullas Alahapperuma:

“They have lost in all the electorates of their Leadership Council members. Sajith Premadasa has cast a green light for the UNP’s power change.”

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