Joint Opposition (JO) leader Dinesh Gunawardane said today the mandate given to the Government leaders at the previous election had expired with the results of the Local Government elections.
Addressing a news briefing held at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) office in Colombo to declare the election victory, MP Gunawardane said the Government had no option but to resign. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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Comments - 51
Appuhami Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:43 PM
Won not because you all are good but because there is no other option to the people. This is the known devil thing... At least now, stop robbing any further money from us and do an honest job.
Buddhi Perera Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:54 PM
Ibbangen pihatu illanawa
Nana Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:58 PM
JO won because people trust its leaders
Ex-voter Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:26 PM
Is there any purpose in advising the rogue not to rob!!
Sherman G. de Silva Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:48 PM
Since the verdict is a damning indictment of the performance of the Govt so far, It would be prudent on the part of the leadership to seek a fresh mandate from the electorate.
Ralahamy Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:57 PM
Any person with shame would do this immediately
lankaboy Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:00 PM
still MS RW which is the present gov. received more than SLPP. I would say, govern the rest the period in good way and put all criminals and corrupted politicians in prision.
Andy Capp Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:29 PM
Mandate was given by the people three years ago. This is a warning to take action against the biggest rogues in our history.
Ravi Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:39 PM
Check you basic maths.. combined unp and slfp has less than slff
umen Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:36 PM
In the history of Sri Lanka a government has lost an election (so badly) in just after 3 years in power, its time for traditional UNPers to see who their real enemy is
lankaboy Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:48 PM
Check carefully...there is another one called UPFA. please better be informed about parties..:-)
Aliya Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:52 PM
You guys must be dreaming.., It's only a LG poll !!!Yes, it's defeat to good governance. why because the they were trying to protect their interest and punish others.Time is still there to correct the wrong doings... then will talk.
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:23 PM
Declare a national election and we'll see who is dreaming.
Scooby Doo Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:45 PM
@Gayan did you guys forget how they went home ? Its because of their hunger to gain the power, thats why they went for the election before the period ends. Hope the result was tasty be patient now.
Jay Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:54 PM
It's only a local government election. Nothing to jump up so much.
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:52 PM
Never in history of SL a sitting govt lost a local election.
Gamaya Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:56 PM
Please get your thought process right. Governments dont resign mid term on outcome of local polls. If so why have parliamentary polls at all ? However the govt in this instance needs to introspect seriosly and review its policies
punchinilame Monday, 12 February 2018 05:35 PM
Does not the results force the current leaders to act more decisively on past corrupt leaders takingadvantage of deals?
Raj Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:57 PM
Local Government and Central Government should be in the hands of same party to develop the country - by not me but this is what UNP told tp people. Hence the best way is to dissolve the Parliament and go for fresh General Elections!!
Nadi Karunaratne Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:58 PM
Sri Lanka cannot progress because it's entire political class, with very scant exception is without scruple and without talent. Plunder, white vans, communalism and arrogance is all we have to look forward to.
Dakshina Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:05 PM
Defection and engineering regime change with support of West, James Bond, skeletons in cupboards therefore no action and most importantly electorate is more educated now, Yahapalanaya cannot fool the masses anymore!
johan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:05 PM
It is clear the UNP leadership should be changed immediately before the vote base is further damaged.It should be given to a young leader to go forward.It is on the part of the UNP seniors who were inactive in keeping with thepeople's mandate in 2015
Sarath Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:07 PM
This is a local election to elect pradeshiya sabhas. Not to decide national govt. So why should they resign. Depending on their performance we will decide their fate and yours in 2020. not today
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:48 PM
Tail already between legs?
Mevan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:08 PM
Are you joking. President was elected and elected MPs are in parliament. Who the hell are you to demand resignation. Govt. should be in power till 2020 and put all murdered,robbers behind bars.
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:49 PM
Why waste 2 years of people's time. Hold the rlections now.
Jaliya Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:12 PM
MP Gunawardane said the Government had no option but to resign. He needs first grade education on politics. Now tell me who would want to elect a moron like this ??
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:12 PM
Unp lost because ranil is prorecting rajapaksa family theives and mehendran family theives.he never try to bring back the trillions stolen money to country.
Niz Monday, 12 February 2018 10:23 AM
Ranil and his bunch of jolly friends but be kicked out.
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:14 PM
Sirisena lost because he protecting rajapaksa theives and never bring back rajapaksa stolen trillions to country and no punishment to theives.
Hashan Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:40 PM
It's not Sirisena protecting Mahinda. Look who has the ministries related to law and order. Even AG's department is under a UNP ministry I think.
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:16 PM
Jvp lost because they are only good for critisism,not doing any work.
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:20 PM
Slpp won not because they are good,they are first class theives.votes they received are protest votes from unp,slfp and none party,to revenge against useless two puppets,sirisena and ranil.
Ceylon Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:22 PM
Sirisena and ranil must resign and must pay the damage they inflicted to country by not doing their job.if not resign,people must ecpell these two traitors from jobs.
Haramanis Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:42 PM
I think Mr "Ceylon" should go back to slumber
Guy Sunday, 11 February 2018 07:30 PM
Haramanis amudaya pitinda?
KalanaE Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:23 PM
The mandate hasn't expired at all. People have chosen their representatives for the local councils and that's all. But the fact that this is a blow to the government is true it doesn't call for a shif in ruling party tho.
Dimiya Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:38 PM
Dinesh Gunawardena soon you will be ruling from jail
Gayan Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:07 PM
RW RK and Mahendran can join him in 2020.
Unchikun Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:52 PM
This man talks the government losing the mandate to govern. He is missing the basic points of democracy. The president and the prime minister got the respective mandate at the relative elections. He is either a joker or a pinhead.
mad dog Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:24 PM
Why should the government resign. After this was local government election. Certainly things will change between now and 2020. Our voters love hearing big talks. They all have short memories. We don't want the white van culture again.
Nuwan Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:26 PM
Only a dictatorship can ignore this message.
Piranha Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:28 PM
Well said. Like a true moron
thilak Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:28 PM
don't held any election, this excise is losing our productivity, election for once per five or six years,
Ashok Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:36 PM
This is a Wake Up Call for UNP...
Kumara Dharmarathne Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:13 PM
Sir,Don't you aware that local government results has nothing to do with National Government. Please don't mislead the public by uttering nonsense.
Yeti Sunday, 11 February 2018 07:34 PM
Don't blame Dinesh for talking nonsense, he's only trying to protect his Godfather and his family from being incarcerated!!!
Nilhan Jayawardene Monday, 12 February 2018 09:36 AM
Fedi Monday, 12 February 2018 09:49 AM
Anyone can tell me how this result be different from 2015 election ?
fareed Monday, 12 February 2018 11:49 AM
We had a local government election, not a referendum, not a general election, not a presidential election. So people should not just jump into conclusion and a lot of people did not vote.
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