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Have the people rejected the UNP leadership? (VIDEO)

Have the people rejected the UNP leadership? (VIDEO)

Have the people rejected the UNP leadership? (VIDEO)

By Lahiru Fernando

12 Feb, 2018 | 10:38 pm

COLOMBO – The Local Government Election results came at a shock for some. Many believed the UNP would secure an easy victory while the voters would be divided between SLFP and the SLPP.

Adding up to that, the UNP was in the government and they did control the major ministries.

However, the UNP reverted to it’s usual performance in the election.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera issued a statement on the election results.

In his statement, Minister Samaraweera notes that on January 8, 2015 -51% of Sri Lankans voted to end dictatorship and re-establish democracy in Sri Lanka.

The minister acknowledges that the government failed to fulfill promises like;

1. Amending the constitution to restore independence to the public service

2. Abolish the executive presidency

Furthermore, Minister Samaraweera admitted that the message given by the people has sunk deep into the United National Party.

Samaraweera adds that the same Mahinda Rajapaksa who commanded 5.7 million votes in January 2015, was not even able to muster 4.95 million votes at the local government elections.

He concludes that the UNP has a solemn duty not just to the 46% who voted for them and President Sirisena’s SLFP, but to all 6.1 million citizens who voted against a return to Rajapaksa rule.

Votes outside the UNP;

SLPP: 45%
SLFP + UPFA: 15%

This paints a completely different picture to what the minister of Foreign Affairs said.

What do you think the people have tried to say?

The people have tried to say that they oppose the white collar criminals that are governing the country.

We at News 1st highlighted the concerns of the masses, we made revelations about these white collar criminals, their bond transactions, their kick backs in hope that the powers that be would take action to reform their parties.

We told them that this was in the horizon.What did they do? They simply took steps to cover their tracks and protect their friends.

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe just consolidated power in the party through his inner circle;

> Malik Samarawickrama

> Kabir hashim

> Sagala Rathnayake

> Sujeewa Senasinghe

> Ajith P. Perera

> Harsha de silva

When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa attempted a third term in office, the present Prime Minister said that this is a sign of a dictatorship.

He may have known this very well, given what goes on in his own party.

The question is, is there democracy in the UNP?

Earlier today;

> There was a meeting of UNP cabinet ministers

> Next was a meeting of UNP State ministers and deputy Ministers

> After that, a meeting of UNP MPs

Why the secrecy?

What does this mandate show?

This shows that the people have rejected the UNP and its leadership.

They have shown that this is what happens when you get into bed with the corrupt, and when you get into bed with thieves.