TELO contesting under upfa banner
Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma yesterday said the UPFA is for
the first time contesting the Vavuniya Urban Council and Jaffna
Municipal Council elections under the betel leaf symbol and many
political parties such as TELO will contest the election under the UPFA
Addressing the media at the Mahaweli Centre, the Minister said the
People in the Northern Province specially in Jaffna have unprecedented
faith in the Government which created an environment for them to live in
peace and harmony. He said the Government is fully confident of its
victory at the upcoming Uva Provincial Council and Jaffna and Vavuniya
elections. ”We sought the support of the people at the North Central,
Sabaragamuwa,North Western and Western and Central Provincial Elections
to continue the Government’s endevour to wipe out terrorism” , he said.
“We kept our promise and wiped out terrorism from the country and the
challenge to develop the country lies ahead of us. We seek public
support at the forthcoming election to bring prosperity to the country,”
Minister Alahapperuma stressed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has
no intention to remain in power beyond his mandatory period under any
He said the President is always committed to uphold democratic norms
and values in the country.
Scoffing at Opposition’s allegation that the Government is trying to
remain in power after its mandatory period, the Minister said the
Opposition has distanced from the masses at grassroots level.
“The President was elected by the majority of people and he will
never go against their mandate under any circumstances, he said.
He said the UPFA has fielded a very strong group of candidates for
the forthcoming Provincial Council election and comprehensive
arrangement is in place to educate the people in the province through a
house to house program.
”We have already set a number of committees to augment the election
campaign at district and electorate levels,” he said.