Contradictory statements on polls loss by UNP MPs:
Disunity led to UNP loss - UPFA Gen Secy
The UPFA states that although the bitter factionalism of the UNP was
a main reason for its defeat at the recent election, the UPFA on the
contrary, was forging ahead in unity with several parties under
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s guidance to develop the country.
In a statement issued yesterday, UPFA General Secretary Susil
Premajayantha pointed out that as claimed by UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera
the defeat of the UNP was due to factionalism and disunity within the
party. “However, a fellow MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has held the view
that the party’s defeat was due to threats and intimidation by the
government,” Minister Premajayantha said.
This shows the contradictory statements made by two members of the
same party, he said.
“Certain UNPers may ask themselves if Mangala Samaraweera should talk
about disunity in the party only after he joined the UNP. A daily
newspaper has carried the story that Sajith Premadasa is about to make a
special statement regarding the future of the party. Even MP Rosy
Senanayake has criticised the leader on the results of the election. All
this show that as mentioned by Mangala Samaraweera it is disunity and
factionalism in the party that has led to its defeat at this election,”
The statement also referring to UNP’s claim that a large number of
partymen kept away from the poll, pointed out that 60 percent of voters
turned out at the poll and this was the traditional voting percentage at
a Local Government election.
“Previously too when the UNP won the election, the same percentage
had gone to the poll. Therefore, it is not logical to add that those who
did not turn up as being members of the UNP,” Premajay
He said: “The UNP failed to win even a single local body and the
JVP’s fate is known to all. The UPFA won 45 of the 65 local bodies that
went to the poll and secured three local bodies in the Jaffna district.”
“There were instances where the UPFA polled 80 percent of the votes
such as at Delft and the total amount of votes obtained by the UNP in
the 16 local bodies in the Jaffna district is less than 4,000. In
contrast the UPFA obtained 47,000 votes as against the 124,000 polled by
the ITAK.” The statement adds that the ITAK was a traditional party in
Jaffna while the votes obtained by the UPFA in Jaffna were new votes.
The statement added: “The election in Jaffna was an exercise in
cementing the democratic right of its people and with the development
programmes planned for the years ahead, the vote base of the UPFA is
bound to expand.”