Over 7,000 UNPers join Govt
Transport Minister Dullas Allahapperuma said yesterday that the
UPFA’s victory at the forthcoming Provincial Council election is
inevitable and more than 7,000 UNP stalwarts will join ranks with the
UPFA today to show their solidarity with the President who is striving
to eradicate terrorism in the north.
He said more than 14 UNP Pradeshiya Sabha members, Urban Councillors
and former Provincial Councillors joined the Government last week.
The Minister said an independent survey has predicted that the UPFA
would secure at least 25 out of the 43 seats from the Colombo district
in the Western Provincial Council while it will be able to win 26 out of
39 seats from the Gampaha district.
“This independent survey has clearly said that more than 12 out of 20
seats from the Kalutara district will be won by the UPFA at the Western
Provincial council election.
The Minister said the people irrespective of political or race
differences have placed faith in the Government and President Mahinda
“The United National Party has suffered unprecedented set backs due
to its fragile leadership and issues in the UNP will deepen after the
Western Provincial Council election,” he said.
The Minister stressed the UPFA will not tolerate any violence or
indisciplined activities by the candidates or supporters and stern
action would be taken against such supporters or candidates on the
directive of the President.
The Minister said the PR system has created stiff competition between
the candidates of the same party and the electoral system should
necessarily be changed to avoid such friction among the candidates of
the same party.