President Rajapaksa put country before self
The Presidential Election campaign is
gradually reaching its climax as January 26, 2010 draws near. Numerous
promises, allegations, counter allegations and mud slinging are the
topics discussed by many these days. Daily News interviewed the
Transport Minister and Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Dullas
Alahapperuma for his views on the current political situation and some
Q: The Presidential poll is eight
days away, how successful is the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA)
A: The UPFA campaign is
extremely successful from the day the Presidential poll was announced, a
well planned and organised campaign covering all levels of the populace
was carried out.
We were capable of aligning all electoral organisers and local
government representatives to achieve the expected target.
The second phase of the Mahinda Chintana was launched and it is an
encouragement in itself.
We have planned and are carrying out an intricate campaign to
enlighten every householder of the second phase of the Mahinda Chintana.
We are confident of its success.
Q: What have you to say about the
campaign of the main opponent of the incumbent President at this
A: The English speaking
constituents within Colombo were clamouring at the start but it has died
down to a whimper now.
At this moment the election machinery of the United National Party is
not functioning as it should. That’s because its leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe has no intention of seeing retired General Sarath Fonseka
win this election. The JVP who performed dismally at the last local
government elections will be so unsuccessful that they will be history.
The JVP is breathing its last while hanging on to the rotten limb
extended by the UNP. Other than this there is nothing noteworthy in this
Q: The Opposition’s major allegation
is the Rajapaksa family have purchased a large number of properties and
enterprises, recently. Is there any truth in this statement?
A: That story is
fabricated and not true. If the allegation is correct we challenge them
to prove it. No one has taken up our challenge as yet.
These stories have no head or tail and carry no weight.
The people should note that those campaigning for retired General
Sarath Fonseka have avoided discussing the allegation regarding the
involvement of his son in law’s hand in supplying the Army with military
equipment at on open forum. This just goes to prove who the real
Q: There was a notable setback for
your party in the Matara District at the last Southern Provincial
elections. How will it affect the result of the forthcoming Presidential
A: If you say that we
faced a setback in the last Provincial Council Elections it is not
What really happened was that the voter turn out was low, but at the
Presidential election it wont be so.
The supporters of the UNP and JVP at grass roof level are disgusted
of this union and are flocking around President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
For example in the Devinuwara electorate there is a major change.
H.R. Piyasiri a former Member of Parliament and Minister of State has
joined hands with us together with many local government
representatives. They have pledged their support for President Mahinda
We appreciate this because one has to be of strong will to make such
a sacrifice to change one’s political party and principals. We welcome
all of them. They are members of our party who have put country before
self. Our leader is a transparent person who is not revengeful. He is an