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UNP candidates have crossed over - Dulles

7 March 2011 11:47 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The UNP’s local government poll campaign has come to the level that 21 of its candidates who had tendered nominations for the March 17 election have crossed over to the UPFA camp by today, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said.

Addressing the media at the Mahaweli Center, Minister Alahapperuma said UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was continuously changing the slogans of the election campaign and his ‘Media Bubbles’ are so ineffective that they get blown out even before their gloss become visible.

“The UNP’s main slogan at the beginning of the election propaganda campaign was the flood and flood victims. Then they changed the course and shouted about coconut prices. Then after it was the price of onion. Now that the prices of onion have steadied, they will talk about Pathola (snake gourd) at the tail end of the election campaign as the UNP can’t find any other topic to talk about,” Minister Alahapperuma said.

Minister Alahapperuma said though the prices of some food items were high, they went to the hands of our own farmers strengthening rural economy, which was a blessing to the country in the long run.  (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 14

  • RW Monday, 07 March 2011 11:59 AM

    Farmers are still poor sir. Additional money goes to the traders. Farmers became rich during Mrs. B' s regime during 70s

    Fareed Monday, 07 March 2011 12:03 PM

    Oh yeah! it is a miracle just before election day.

    Kolitha Monday, 07 March 2011 12:13 PM

    Is this the same Dullas who wrote a letter to President Premadasa once..
    How can a man change his political views in 180 degrees?

    haawa Monday, 07 March 2011 12:18 PM

    Do these Defects really expect to get UNP votes? no wonder the UPFA canditates start shooting at each other for nominations because of excess applicants.

    Amarapala Monday, 07 March 2011 12:27 PM

    I read in one of the news papers at one time that you were trying to cross over to UNP. So what is the big deal.

    Janaka Monday, 07 March 2011 12:38 PM

    CORRECTION::: not crossed over-----BOUGHT OVER!!!

    KIRI PUTHA Monday, 07 March 2011 12:40 PM

    hmmmm. How much per head?

    Steve Monday, 07 March 2011 12:52 PM

    Not sure if anyone is surprised with UNP slogans except for hard core UNP supporters who will support them them any how.

    citizen1 Monday, 07 March 2011 04:27 PM

    exactly! with the cost of living these days political career in the govt party seems like the most beneficial one to self.

    Cobra Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:51 AM

    If this is true (probably untrue) at least they have not hoodwinked the voters by crossing over after being elected. Now they will have to deal with the voters who'd change their minds!!!

    Sammy Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:00 AM

    What was the price paid for these cross overs?

    Nimal Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:01 AM

    All like to live :D Jonsten, Keheliya also moved from UNP some time back.

    w g l Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:11 AM

    are you in day dreams please go to a doctor and check your self

    Mr Retort Tuesday, 08 March 2011 06:12 AM

    Even in Libiya, Gadaffi is still throwing money to get the support of the people but everybody knows his days are numbered

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