The UNF-led alliance will give highest possible responsibilities to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, its presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said addressing his maiden election rally in Colombo today.
"I am committed to destroying all forms of terrorism in the country. Mr. Fonseka will have to work out plans and strategies to combat terrorism using his extensive experience in fighting the 30-year war," he said.
“The responsibility of security should be handed over to someone who has experience in the battlefield and had completed the task winning the 30-year-old war. Therefore, we have decided to hand over the defence portfolio to Field Marshal Fonseka,” Mr. Premadasa said.
“He will also be given the task of eradicating drug trafficking in this country,” Mr. Premadasa added.
Mr. Premadasa also pledged to eradicate corruption, wastage and robbing of public funds and added that anyone who does not agree with him on this point can go way now itself.
UNF-led alliance candidate then pledged to come up with youth, women’s and a labour charter and also to introduce a new poverty alleviation programme in addition to Samrudhi. “I will also introduce a farmers' charter and will ensure a stable price for every crop,” he added.
Also, he tendered a public apology for referring to his mouth as a sacred one (Shri Mukaya). “I thought I should make this apology in front of the masses and here. I appeal for a pardon for the mistake. I should fall at the feet of the people and tender my apology. However, I am doing it now with my hands joined as it is not possible for me to come near each and every one of you,” he said in this regard.
"Mr. Premadasa was named as a candidate of the UNF-led alliance with an objective of forming a government of ordinary citizens. We have made Mr. Premadasa as our candidate so that he could work for the ordinary citizens rather than fulfilling the needs of the elite,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said
“Our opponents have begun attacking Mr. Premadasa’s father, the late President R. Premadasa. It is my duty to answer these people, as a man, who was close to the late President. He was a person who worked for the ordinary people rather than fulfilling the whims and fancies of the elite,” he said.
He added that a number of new development projects will be carried out including expanding Galle Face Green by reclaiming land from the sea. (Yohan Perera)
he has selected a doer and not a talker for the most difficult job.
Independent Observer Friday, 11 October 2019 05:26 AM
Sri Lanka cannot find a better person than Field Marshal Fonseka to be the Defense Minister .
All the Best to you Sir !!
D Perera Friday, 11 October 2019 08:22 AM
Defense portfolio to SF is a good choice, question whether Mr Premadasa can win the election? Any way will keep the fingers crossed.
ConcernedCitizen Friday, 11 October 2019 09:16 AM
" He was a person who worked for the ordinary people rather than fulfilling the whims and fancies of the elite" .
More like fulfilling his needs. He was accused of being involved with the LTTE, providing them with weapons. And also ordering the hit on General Kobbekaduwa so that his links with the LTTE won't come to light.
x Men Friday, 11 October 2019 09:49 AM
' New Brooms Sweep well '
Lord Voldermot Friday, 11 October 2019 10:01 AM
This statement will cost vital votes of the north. People do remember what happened when Fonseka got a boycott in the poll.
advert@ Friday, 11 October 2019 10:06 AM
I should fall at the feet of the people and tender my apology. he does all sort of gimmick till end of presidential election,do have to get deceived
Samson Friday, 11 October 2019 12:00 PM
RW has always comforted the elite, he is not qualified to make such utterances.
Zulkifli Nazim Friday, 11 October 2019 12:07 PM
Excellent decision by Mr. Sajith Premadasa. We will always stand by you.
Sando Friday, 11 October 2019 12:17 PM
800 Police Officers were sacrificed in East.
Journalist Richard De Zoysa,
jason Friday, 11 October 2019 12:37 PM
Master move by UNF.
simon Friday, 11 October 2019 01:19 PM
Sirimal Friday, 11 October 2019 01:21 PM
Sajith takes another gamble.This will be damaging for the voter turn out in the north for the UNP. The UNP is highly dependent of the northern vote, this is a loss in stratergy
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 11 October 2019 01:36 PM
After hearing SF is going to lead defense, guess what, now Mahinda also has applied for Green Card to USA ;)
upali jayasekera Friday, 11 October 2019 01:52 PM
All govt shpuld have the ability to counter terrrism but his govt. utterly failed. If he thinks that only SF can do it it is a very weak thinking.
Silva Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:24 AM
The person who refused giving that post SF and covered his party and bunch of thieves, drug addicts