Ranil deprived Southerners their democratic rights - Minister
The People in the Southern Province have identified the UNP Leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe as a person who acted against them. The Southerners
hold a deep conviction that Ranil Wickremesinghe is a leader who
deprived them of their democratic rights, said Transport Minister Dullas
The Minister said the UNP leader was accused of running a detention
camp at Batalanda where thousands of youths in the South were tortured
during the insurrection of 1988- 89. This perception has been instilled
in the minds of people in the Southern Province since the 1988 -89
The youths in the South were subjected to genocide under the UNP
Government led by Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and his
cronies. He was responsible for changing the balance of power in the
Southern Provincial council in 1993 by artificial means.
"He was allegedly involved in the overthrowing of Southern Provincial
Council by abducting a councillor Franciscu in 1993" , he said.
"Majority of the people in the Southern Province disdain the policies of
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe with contempt and their disgust over his
conduct was highlighted in several election results" , the Minister
said. Minister Allahapperuma said the people in the Southern Province do
not tolerate the various allegations levelled against the leader who was
elected by them at the last Presidential election.
"They will not allow other forces to come up in the Southern Province
against the President who was born and bred in the Hambantota district
which is the heart of the Province" 'he said.
He said the people in Medamulana in the Hambantota district were hurt
when the UNP leader referred to the Mahinda Chinthanaya as Medamulana
Chinthanaya. The people in the Province irrespective of their political,
religious or racial affiliations will stand in support of the Government
led by Mahinda Rajapaksa who shed the light of development in the