UNP confident of winning 276 LG bodies

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Based on a survey conducted by the UNP, the party is confident of winning 276 out of the 341 local government bodies at the February 10 polls, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said yesterday.

He said the survey also indicated that the TNA would win 51 local government bodies in the North and East.

The deputy minister told the media that the UNP’s grassroots level organizations were functioning at their best and would help secure an overwhelming victory for the party.

“The grassroots level preparation for the election by the SLFP and the SLPP is week and disorganized while we have launched an aggressive and successful election propaganda campaign at ground level. The other political parties lack that advantage and thus our victory on February 10 is assured,” he said.

The deputy minister said reforms were introduced to the LG electoral system, despite protests by other political parties and this had resulted in the entire country enjoying its benefits.

"There are no reports of violence, no wasteful expenditure, no posters and cutouts, no polythene no intra-party or inter-party rivalry during the election campaigns. This is the best outcome of the new electoral system and the UNP must get the credit," he said.

Responding to the challenge thrown by MP Udaya Gammanpila, the deputy minister said it was on page 149 that the PRECIFAC report recommends that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa be stripped of his civic rights if found guilty of defrauding the ITN of Rs.300 million," the deputy minister said. “The PRECIFAC report clearly recommends that if convicted, Mahinda Rajapaksa must be barred from contesting for any political office and of holding any political or public office. The report also recommends that politicians found guilty of embezzlement of public funds must also be stripped of their civic rights for life.”

The deputy minister said those harsh recommendations can also be applied to all members of the Rajapaksa family -- Gotabaya, Basil, Namal, Yoshitha and other SLPP members who have been brought before the law for multiple of crimes such as Gammanpila, Mahinda Yapa, Aluthgamage, Johnston and several others.

Responding to a journalist, he said the UNP working committee would meet shortly to decide on MP Ravi Karunanayaka who refused to resign in line with a request of the party. Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 27

  • ANTON Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:04 AM


    Ex-Voter Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:24 AM

    Confidence is one thing, winning is another! Wait till the elections are over and talk big!!

    Nalla Thambi Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:37 AM

    You must be kidding. Do not assume people are so naive give you a mandate to destroy our motherland.

    Somadasa Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:49 AM

    Bambuwa thama!

    Saman Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:55 AM

    Who did the survey? Sirikotha?

    Citizen Silva Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:19 AM

    Did you take your pills today Ajith?

    Sunil Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:18 AM

    You have really let your imagination run riot. This is wishful thinking that will never see the light of day.

    manju Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:22 AM

    You have confused winning and losing.

    Sherrene Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:58 AM

    Ajith, we are not interested in your organizational capabilities. We want to know what you have done to our country. Did you think people are idiots like you. One lesson you politicians must learn is never tell lies. Time is up to pack your bags .

    upi Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:32 AM

    If the UNP does not win the majority of councils poonach should be fed.

    DD Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:11 PM


    Brainmaster Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:44 PM

    One should never give up the hope..... via DM Android App

    Jude Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:45 PM

    Hey Ajith the biggest problem with UNP these days is Way too many Clowns and Jokers in the Party, like you!!!

    upali Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:48 PM

    These are the people who run our country. Even when you are lying be practical. Any idiot can understand that getting a majority with the current conditions is highly challenging. But this man says that they can get over 80%.

    macapagal Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:56 PM

    Ajit is day dreaming. UNP should be sent home.

    Graham Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:57 PM

    Continues to live on fantasy world...

    ananda Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:53 PM

    Most of the comments are from JO and SLFP. The reality is the block votes of UNP would surpass the rest with ease and enjoy the majority councils. via DM Android App

    Dave Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:00 PM

    Here as you say most of the comments may be JO. But at polls so may be votes..the JO and JVP will steel most of the votes while the UNP is living in fantacy.

    suneth Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:54 PM

    You might day dreaming Bro!!!

    Mason Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:30 PM

    UNP winning majority of Local bodies will think no end of themselves, and will take an upper hand in everything, not to mention Bribery and Corruption. The same goes to SLFP the party led by MS. On the other hand MR's party SLPP will be cautious and would try to rope in MS and the SLFP to make themselves stronger for the future.

    Ozee Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:54 PM

    Excuse him. He is drunk. On the 11 th he will be sober

    Sambo Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:07 PM

    So we have a local Mohammed Ali. Always throwing his fists all around. Bloody fool.

    Dhammika Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:11 PM

    AJITH - Dont predict the unpredictable ! .

    Ceylon Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:02 AM

    Win for what??.won and passed 3 years nothing did.economic growth below war time.stolen billions still with thieves.protest votes make communist win government 2020.

    mario Sunday, 04 February 2018 06:20 AM

    So u can continue to rob the people no not anymore

    JUDE the DUDE Sunday, 04 February 2018 06:58 AM

    AJITH p - Dont have over expectations of the outcome of the results .

    Sandaru Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:08 PM

    Your right when unp take 6 slpp would take 3 slfp would 2 or jvp might take 1 but that doesnt give majority power so hope for the best

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