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UNP selected Fonseka to tarnish country’s image

Land, Land Development, Human Settlement and Ranaviru Welfare Minister Jhonston Fernando yesterday said UNP led by Ranil Wickremesinghe selected Sarath Fonseka as the Presidential candidate to tarnish the country’s image among the international community by making him say negative statements about the country.

Addressing a press conference at the Government Information Department, Fernando said Wickremesinghe was in a foul mood as he could not stop the operation against the LTTE although he tried to do so in line with international conspiracies and he tried to manipulate Sarath Fonseka to defame the country in the international arena.

Referring to the results of the Presidential Election, the Minister said there were two victors at the election - President Mahinda Rajapaksa the first and the second Ranil Wickremesinghe as he could secure his positions as the Opposition Leader and the UNP leader as Fonseka obtained a lesser number of votes than Wickremesinghe in the previous election.

Fernando said the UNPers were in a pathetic plight since 1994 and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, its Chairman, General Secretary and few friends of Ranil Wickremesinghe were responsible for it.

“The UNP will lose badly at the next General Election,” he said.

The Minister said Wickremesinghe had destroyed eight years of the political future of the UNP and invited all UNPers who love their village, district and the country and all the other political parties allied with the UNP to form an alliance to join with the Government led by President Rajapaksa to develop the nation.

Fernando warned UNPers that the JVP had joined hands with the UNP to secure 25 to 30 seats in Parliament again at this General Election as it is unable to obtain such a number of seats all alone. He said JVP leaders always showed grassroots level members a mirage and betrayed them later.

Former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azad Sally was also present.

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