UPFA tells all parties:
Development of the country, objective
The UPFA yesterday invited all political parties to join the
Government in its effort to develop the country.
The country devastated by the war would be rapidly developed if all
political parties placed the country before the party, SLFP General
Secretary Maithripala Sirisena told the UPFA press briefing at the
Mahaweli Centre, Colombo.
This election had also brought in new young blood, a number of
members less than 30 years into the Legislature. When they join with the
maturity of the seniors a new strong development thrust could be
achieved to help the country, he said.
UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said President Mahinda
Rajapaksa’s political maturity and competency had succeeded in obtaining
a strong majority for the Government in Parliament at the general
election even under the preferential voting system.
He said it was the largest number of seats in Parliament by a single
political group since after the PR system was introduced in 1978.
Premajayantha said according to official results announced so far the
UPFA had gained 117 seats from 180 electoral divisions. When the total
results including Kandy and Trincomalee districts, will be officially
released, the UPFA’s total number of seats would be around 126.
Under the present electoral system, the UPFA would get another 17
seats from the National List giving it a total of 143 seats in
Parliament, he said. For the first time in history the UPFA was elected
from all 22 electoral districts including the north and east, he said.
MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena said the Opposition could never stand on
its own but was seeking the support of anti-national forces and persons
They should at least now keep out of conspiracies against the country
and change their agenda to a pro-national one and learn to love the
country without being tale carriers of non-national and anti-national
forces, he said.
JNP leader Wimal Weerawansa said the two powers - the Executive
Presidency and the legislature were now combined to implement a rapid