The Joint Opposition (JO) said yesterday that its Jana Satana Paada Yathrawa was a major success despite statements to the contrary by the government -- and that the march proved that it, and not the Opposition in parliament, was the real Opposition.
Speaking at a media briefing, Wimal Weerawansa MP alleged that the JO was the opposition of the people and that the Opposition in parliament was appointed by the Government.
“This is why the Opposition Leader and Chief Organiser of the Opposition (who were both appointed by the government) continue to criticise the Paada Yathra. We challenge them to bring together at least one eighth of the people who gathered at the Paada Yathra at one place,” he said.
He also accused the police chief of being politically biased.
Meanwhile, the Paada Yathra Organising Committee chairman, Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the government’s arbitrary decisions were being endorsed by parliament because it had created an artificial two-thirds majority in parliament.
He said the Paada Yathra proved that it was the JO that had the backing of a majority of the people and that at least 2 million people had joined in the march.
“Our intention was not to send the government home but to send a warning to it to stay on the right path. It should address the issues of the postponement of local government elections, tax increases, the ETCA, the curtailment of farmer’s relief, the Constitutional trap and political witch-hunts,” he said.
He said that if the government signed the ETCA, the JO would take to the streets again, and the government would then have many problems. “The next time, we won’t just issue warnings, we will get together to chase the government away,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
i guess you JO might have spent about 25 Million or more in this drama... my opion is why dnt u use that money and build a school or a hospital which are in a difficult situation to be accepted. Plus Kandy colombo roads were dam busy and you know more then 250,000.00 people use that road every day.. all those have got feedup with ur ashole job..
Unchikun Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:32 AM
Thomas Ranger Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:42 PM
In time, Brother, in time.
raj Wednesday, 03 August 2016 02:23 PM
long term in prison is more appropriate
Shalika Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:16 AM
2 Million???? Its obvious this guy doesn't know his arithmetic!!! Wasn't he the one who said zero divided by zero is Zero?? (0/0=0)
Jayantha Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:30 AM
Leo Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:49 AM
The main goal of the Paada Yathra was inconviniencing free movement of vehicles. via DM Android App
Riz Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:10 AM
mahindananda and wimal do u all know how many zeroes in million ? First learn that , then that will be the major success for JO.
Izmi Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:28 AM
You are correct.The ruling "Yahapalana" Government is so weak that the opposition is dictating terms. In which part of the world do you get such chaos when they should all be behind bars by now for robbing the wealth of the country?.
Cobra Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:28 AM
Oh yes, sure qualifies to go to the Dancing Star finals!!!
Selvyn Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:30 AM
Hes complacent when he initiates something but he forgets something imminently waiting for him via DM Android App
Cobra Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:33 AM
The exercise was certainly welcome and the wayside boutiques were able to make some money on cigarettes lemonpuff and orangenbali not forgetting the income the taverns made on gal that flowed throughout the journey like the Mahaweli!!!
Gamarala Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:43 AM
These "PADA YATHRA" will not change the government you DING DONG.
Top Hat Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:45 AM
Were the reduction of waistlines also successful!!!?
Arjuna Ranawana Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:57 AM
Secretary to the PRECIFAC Commission had informed him that he was unable to appear due to extreme fatigue after participating in the Joint Opposition Paada Yathra
dham Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:13 AM
What a waste of money consider economic value people attend was on leave and interpret transport for another millions sure u dont know those terms via DM Android App
KOLA KOTIYA Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:16 AM
IF MR KEEP THE ELECTION IN 2017 AND DID GOOD WORK NO NEED TO GO PADADA YATHRA AND STILL BE PRESEDENT. U IDOT WIMAL ONLY PUT MR IN TO SOUP. NOW YOU PAY FOR IT
aruna Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:24 AM
0/0 = infinity, 1/1 = 1.. what he said was 1/1 = 0 duh!
BR Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:25 AM
IT WAS JUST A PUSWEDILLA. via DM Android App
ANTON Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:28 AM
YES, FORTUNATELY NO ONE WAS ASSAULTED.
Nandanee Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:31 AM
Interesting to have details of the actual times these "patriots" had their boots on the ground - and the real distance they walked - Most probably the total killometers would not have been more than half a kilo meter per day - !
willows Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:34 AM
they can't count so how do you expect them to govern?
nalaka Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:35 AM
even an utter failure this guy see as successful. signs of long term in opposition via DM Android App
PC Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:44 AM
J.O. - The 'joking opposition'!
Tissa Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:44 AM
P Y did not select a park to have theirs last meeting.they select the Lipton round so they can block the 6or 7 roads so they can play tish song that there. was was a crowd via DM Android App
TONY Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:47 AM
IT WAS A WASTE OF MANPOWER. DONT FORGET THAT WW WAS WITH THE JVP IN THE 1980'S SO HE IS CAPABLE OF ORGANISING EVENTS THAT IS A NUISANCE TO THE PUBLIC
Bingo Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:58 AM
This moron should be in jail but this yamapalana gov will never act.
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