UPFA would get steam roller majority in LG polls – Sirisena
17 July 2011
SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the UPFA government would undoubtedly get a steam roller majority because the UNP and the JVP leaderships could not cater to the needs of ordinary people. A preferential vote competition had emerged between those two parties. The government was of the view that the local government election would be an election without an Opposition challenge.
The government was well aware of UNP and JVP limitations and it was evident that neither the UNP nor the JVP would face the election actively. The UPFA government would have no problems in winning the election. Had there been a strong Opposition party, the UPFA government would have been happy, he said at a function in Polonnaruwa recently attended by many UNPers of Welikanda, Hatharaskotuwa and Higurakgoda who had joined the SLFP.
Minister Sirisena said that for want of a strong Opposition party, UPFA candidates were engaged in active politics to get elected in the local government election on July 23. Today’s competition was between candidates and not among parties. If UPFA candidates would dabble in politics well, the government would be able to send a majority of its members to all Pradeshya Shabbas.
He said that even some UNP old timers were crossing over due to shortsi.ghted party policies and leadership crisis. Now only they had realized the mission and vision of the party. In fact UNP had no organizational ability, no unity and only internal fights. The JVP was also in the same boat. People would teach them a bitter lesson in the election.