UNP ready to work with anyone backing Good Governance: PM

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The United National Party (UNP) was ready to work with anyone willing to uphold Good Governance and to mutually strengthen electoral prospects, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made this remark at the UNP Bala Mandalaya meeting in Nawalapitiya last morning.

“The UNP is willing to work with anyone who welcomes and upholds values of Good Governance but our party should strengthen itself to take the Good Governance forward,” he said.

“We managed to get elected to office in the highest level and now we need to strengthen ourselves at the grassroots level. If we strengthen ourselves in the grassroots level it will be possible to strengthen in the provincial level. Therefore let us work heard and win the Local Government elections in 2018,” the Prime Minister said.

“We came into office in 2015 but it is only on the top level. We face obstacles in carrying out development work as there is no support from the institutions at the village level as they are being held by the Opposition.” he added.

At the same time, he said, the Government had been able to stabilise the economy and make funds available for development work at village level.

“We have laid a foundation stone for a high-tech training centre in Nawalapitiya today and also we have started the work on the Central Highway.

“It would be possible to go to Colombo from Kandy in one-and-a-half hours in two years’ time. We have done all these without having the control at the grassroots level. Imagine what we could have achieved if we had control at the village level,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that those party members, who had been subjected to political victimisation would be taken care of, before long.

Earlier the Prime Minister told the Nawalapitiya High-tech Training Centre foundation stone laying ceremony, that both President Maithripala Sirisena and he had gone from country to country to regain the attention of the international community, which Sri Lanka had lost in the past. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Unchikun Sunday, 26 November 2017 09:33 PM

    Oh, feeling the heat. The only way the UNP can regain voter confidence is to immediately remove all its members connected with the bond scam.

    umen Monday, 27 November 2017 06:01 AM

    Ha Ha who is going to remove them? PM! who planed the scam

    Yehiya Monday, 27 November 2017 10:01 AM

    First appoint a 2nd in command who can lead the country. Remove all puppet.

    ANSWER THIS QUESTION FIRST > Monday, 27 November 2017 10:47 AM

    ANSWER THIS QUESTION FIRST - "will you work with RK" ?

    VOTE Monday, 27 November 2017 10:50 AM

    Remove or not - I have decided to whom to vote or keep away from voting for crooks.

    Hesh Sunday, 26 November 2017 09:54 PM

    The government that destroy local industries and open the flood gates for foreign companies, the government that removed the fertilizer subsidy but gave tax breaks to beer companies is asking for the votes at the grass-root level.

    Rosh Monday, 27 November 2017 07:35 AM

    U out of ya mind?? Farmers get good quality fertilizer at a cheaper price. If subsidy gets removed will the opposition JO baiyas be silent??

    Hesh Monday, 27 November 2017 10:14 AM

    @Rosh if you dont even know the simple fact that this government removed the fertilizer subsidiary and introduced a coupon then I suggest you not vote in the coming election. Its politically illiterate people like you that put this country in this place

    perera Monday, 27 November 2017 05:44 AM

    I am not a MR fan as he has done irreversible damage to the country and he and his family should not be given a place to govern even in a municipal council but UNP need to get rid of the people who made money on the bond and also recover same from themis not better to elect JVP

    lanka Monday, 27 November 2017 02:49 PM

    people need not be fans of MR. But today we Sri Lankans forget that we are even talking about votes because of the end to LTTE terrorism!

    Harry Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:57 AM

    You are correct Lanka, Prabakaran mentioned that the Sinhala People have a short memory of about 2 - 3 weeks!

    Kadiya Monday, 27 November 2017 06:41 AM

    The trouble is Ranil, we all want good governance but where in hell can we get it??????

    UNPer Monday, 27 November 2017 07:08 AM

    Good governance???? Walk the talk Hon. PM. Thats what we voted you for but we the people have been let down badly.

    nick Monday, 27 November 2017 07:08 AM

    so ur feeling that my3 gearing up with my4... via DM Android App

    sathees Monday, 27 November 2017 07:58 AM

    Yalapana is new trick. You can't teach new tricks to old dogs!

    Mario Monday, 27 November 2017 08:11 AM

    UNP END OF THE ROAD. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SORRY

    algbc Monday, 27 November 2017 08:13 AM

    Anybody can say that bond scam is a part of a Good Governance? Then they can join hand with you PM.

    Saliya Monday, 27 November 2017 08:16 AM

    Please discuss with the president and solve current issues. Seems somebody is influencing him to join hands with “White Van Director”. Stop it. That will be the end of democracy in Sri Lanka.

    hikZ Monday, 27 November 2017 10:22 AM

    It will be like Dumkola-pohottuwa on the palm.....on the beetle on the palm on the...at the zoo ..

    Thilak Monday, 27 November 2017 08:25 AM

    Hon PM how can the public expect good governance when you yourself destroyed all ethics of good governance by aiding and abeting the biggest theft in the central bank. UNP pretty sure will suffer serious setbacks during the upcoming elections.

    lal hannadi Monday, 27 November 2017 08:28 AM

    what are you talking about Mr PM. general public knows who is doing what . its too late to make another 1000 explanations to cover up one major wrong doing

    indika Monday, 27 November 2017 08:33 AM

    why cant the politicians do some development work for the country. maybe an honest dictator will be able to do it. like Singapore.i was amazed to hear what the Singapore premier said when Singapore airlines staff went on a strike. He has given them an ultimatum to come to work. if not his stand was to fire them and recruit new staff. he was a fearless, Honest Dictator. it only takes one person to do this work and i am sure the entire country will support that person. finding him/her is the problem.

    johan Monday, 27 November 2017 08:41 AM

    Since two half years have lapsed now the word "Good" should be removed from Governance.There is little difference than the previous Goernment

    Doug Monday, 27 November 2017 08:47 AM

    Don't make us laugh

    Ruwan Monday, 27 November 2017 09:36 AM

    I was not a UNP fan but I support UNP coz current government far better then previous government alleged many billions scams such as Mig Deals, Highway Deals list goes on but UNP supported bond scam inquiries including PM

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 27 November 2017 09:47 AM

    Is this an open invitation to the underworld - the rapists, drug lords, owners of illicit breweries, pimps, bribe takers, mega dealers, etc, etc, the list is longm

    ceylon Monday, 27 November 2017 09:59 AM

    this good governance is good for jo theives and these theives protecting president and pm. via DM Android App

    KingBarnet@pakisland.lk Monday, 27 November 2017 10:27 AM

    ...at last RW staging the la-thanakola-peththas FEST....

    Thanos Monday, 27 November 2017 10:31 AM

    Good governance like with Ravi-K?

    Sambo Monday, 27 November 2017 10:50 AM

    You politicians are all the same. You people also have turned from good governance to good tricksters.

    cheers Monday, 27 November 2017 11:16 AM

    Good governance from where did you find that word PM after robbing the central bank

    Kasun Monday, 27 November 2017 11:45 AM

    Leader of the bond scam is looking for party to partner with them. You can find them if you go through the SL Police records of the criminals.

    Sami Monday, 27 November 2017 02:25 PM

    Ravi K punished unlike crooks in the previous kingdom. So UNP may continue dropping their thieves.

    fareed Monday, 27 November 2017 02:25 PM

    The bond issue is just a waste of time, the country should not waste time on hearsay of the ignorant people who do not even know what is a bond means.


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