Written by Bella Dalima
05 Apr, 2014 | 9:55 pm
Candidates who contested under the United National Party ticket and were elected to the Western and Southern Provincial Councils took oaths as councillors on Saturday.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Party Headquarters in Sirikotha in Pitakotte.
Subsequently, appointment letters were presented to the two opposition leaders of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils and the two organisers.
Chairman of United Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya said; ” If we have any issues or grievances, we need to discuss them internally. If we continue to criticise each other, it will only bring harm. Let us work as a family. Let us work together. If we have issues , let us resolve them and work unitedly. Anyone can speak to anyone in the party.”
National Leader of UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe said: “The President and the Government wanted to hold a presidential election either in November or February. They have cast this notion aside. Simply because they have deviated from the original plan, does not mean that we should wait until 2016. We have to get on to the streets and demand for an election in 2015. We have to first strengthen our party and subsequently invite others to join us. First we have to get our act together.”
Bandulalal Bandarigoda who did not arrive on time for the swearing in ceremony, arrived at Sirikotha to obtain his appointment letter later on in the day.
Speaking to us he said that he is disappointed over the position given to him, even after obtaining the highest number of the preferential votes from the Galle District.
UNP Group Organiser of Southern Provincial Council, Bandulalal Bandarigoda shared these views;
“I arrived and received the appointment letter. This is the fifth occasion in which I was selected to the Provincial Council. My voter base consists of those who support my work in the village sports clubs and youth clubs and my work as a Sunday school teacher. I don’t have a family background, I hail from a simple family. I obtained the highest number of preferential votes by being with the people. It is with disappointment that I note their failure to give individuals who hail from a simple family, his due position, to move forward. I obtained this victory without even being appointed as an electorate organiser. I am perplexed whether certain persons have forgotten that individuals who are with people and understand the people’s issue are more important …”
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