Six million votes not only for MS but also for UNP: Akila

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The United National Party (UNP) said today it was certain to obtain almost six million votes at the general elections similar to the January 8 presidential election where the UNP and the common opposition were able to muster the most number of votes for the then opposition candidate.

UNP Media Spokesman Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told a media conference held at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha that the people voted not only for President Maithripala Sirisena as the common opposition candidate but also for the UNP.

“Excluding those who voted on behalf of the TNA, the JVP and the JHU, the rest of the votes were on behalf of the UNP. We are not expecting a new mandate from the people at the next general election but only a re-confirmation of the votes obtained at the January 8 presidential election,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.
"The UNP is well-known in the annals of Sri Lanka's political history as the only party with a flexible and disciplined administration that has not shied away from facing the many arrows shot at it by its ill-meaning opponents. These bitter experiences have motivated party members to strive hard towards achieving a definitive victory and the forming of a UNP-led government," he said.

Speaking on the 20th Amendment, UNP MP and Minister P. Harrison said even though the Opposition claimed that the UNP had no clear stance on it, the UNP MPs would vote in favour of 20A and extend their fullest support for its successful passage in parliament.

He said the reason behind the accidentally appointed opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva’s behaviour is obvious because those who say they are from the SLFP or the UPFA are afraid the UNP's certain victory at the general election.

“The so-called Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala is suffering from 'asai bayai’ symptoms on 20A. He may be wanting to support 20A, but afraid of people’s positive response towards the UNP after it is passed. People will trust because even as a minority government we fulfilled the pledges given to the people,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • Miyuru Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:42 PM

    Let us not degrade the January rainbow revolution by trying to apportion credit. It was a unique win. UNP would have contributed its block: but there were others who did their bit. Numerically smaller, yet the confluence of all boosted the morale and made the common people to come out and topple the tyranny. What is now important is to preserve the victory and go forward.

    mohamed Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:57 PM

    keep your mouth shut did you forget how many election your party lost under leadership of ranil in the past look my3 is real leader with no pround and misuse the power we Sri Lankan need that kind of leader mind it

    Rangana Muthu Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:08 PM

    All most 80% of those voted favoured the candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena, one of the most honest and trusted politician in Sri Lanka. Other 20% voted to get into power with his blessings; including the guys like Viraj.

    ravi Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:09 AM

    Dream on brother....

    Fernando Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:52 AM

    bambuwa.

    Nims Wednesday, 24 June 2015 03:12 AM

    Dont boast too much mate!!! Soon you will realize to whom the people voted???

    nimal Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:56 AM

    If they get rid of Ranil and Mangala UNP can win..

    Berty Wednesday, 24 June 2015 04:32 AM

    Yes it is approving MY3 manifesto which proposed RW as PM to curb corruption, family rule, erosion of rule of law and a despot ruining the country.

    Waco Wednesday, 24 June 2015 05:02 AM

    Go without Ranil, UNP has a chance to win.

    Waco Wednesday, 24 June 2015 06:09 AM

    Maithripala has already lost 90% of the votes he got at the last election.

    sam Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:40 AM

    No not 900% of the Tamil

    kumar Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:42 AM

    ehhhm well actually they were basically a protest vote which we folks now construe as a mandate!!!

    Waco Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:10 AM

    If the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka fields the full team ,he will be the Prime Minister.


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