Victory reflects public opinion on anti-terror drive - Minister
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Minister Maithripala
Sirisena yesterday claimed that the Sabaragamuwa and North Central
Provincial Council election result was a reflection of the general
opinion of the country’s masses.
The Minister was speaking at a press briefing at the Mahaweli Centre
Hailing the result as an endorsement by the people with regard to
Government policy on the economy and terrorism, the Minister said that
after two and half years the ruling party was able to get a clear
picture with regard to the thinking of the people.
The NCP and Sabaragamuwa polls was a proper barometer to feel the
pulse of the public.
Referring to the downfall of both the UNP and the JVP, the Minister
observed that the UNP over the years had distanced itself from the
thinking of the common man.
He further opined that while UNP distanced itself from policies
concerning the grassroots level pioneered by its late leader D.S.
Senanayake the SLFP had embraced them with both hands.
Minister Sirisena said the people through their verdict upheld that
the Government’s practical and pragmatic policies should be continued in
the interest of rural masses.
“This is an election where the Government tried their policies in the
courts of people.
The public opinion that emerged through the Eastern Provincial
election is totally different of what the people implied through the NCP
and Sabaragamuwa election.
The NCP Agro centric economy and 95% of inhabitants are engaged in
agriculture. But economic crops cultivation and gem industry dominate in
the Sabaragamuwa Province which is comparatively developed as against
the North Central Province, he said.
Most of villages in the North Central province were under threat of
terrorists. But the government removed fear psychosis from the minds of
people in Aralaganwiala, Kahatagasdigiliya, Kebethigollewa and Welikanda
by providing maximum security to these people, he said.
These people who were repeatedly battered by the terrorist attacks
could now heave a sigh of relief under the government. The election win
echoes their voice that government should retain the mission of
eradicating terrorism while continuing development drive unabated, he