Development, terrorism eradication key to UPFA victory - Keheliya
The expedited development projects and moves to eradicate terrorism
resulted in Saturday's victory at the North Central and Sabaragamuwa
Provincial Council elections with a comfortable majority, Foreign
Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said
He said the war will continue until all LTTE cadres are destroyed and
terrorism is eradicated.
Rambukwella addressing the media at his official residence yesterday,
said the public must think of the sacrifices of the Armed Forces to
protect us and the country from the LTTE.
"A massive propaganda campaign was carried out by former UNP rulers
that the Black Tigers were a giant force in the region. Our soldiers
have totally ruled out that opinion and they have achieved a victory
against the LTTE."
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government has got the blessings
of Prelates and all ethnic communities to uproot terrorism, he said. The
Minister said the United National Party led by Ranil Wickremesinghe
recorded a loss for the consecutive 18th time. The UNP lost its polling
divisions which it won in 2005.
The UPFA won all seats in Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provinces.
The development activities in the provinces were the main cause for the
victory, Rambukwella added.
JVP Parliamentarian Lal Kantha raised his voice as the representative
of the working class but he was also defeated in the election, the
More than 75 per cent who participated in the strikes organised by
the UNP and the JVP have cast their votes for the Government.
There was an opinion that trade union activities will hamper the
activities of the Government but the Government proved it as a mere
illusion. By voting for the UPFA, the public have taught them a good
lesson, the Minister said.