Verbal clash between certain members of the SLPP and the SLFP in many parts of the country, particularly in Gampaha, Polonnaruwa and Matara Districts has come under heavy criticism by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the cabinet meeting yesterday, a senior Minister said.
President Rajapaksa said that the mudslinging between candidates of both parties immensely damages the SLPP election campaign and those engaged in vituperative politics have to stop it forthwith.
Meanwhile, Power, Energy and Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said voters are intelligent enough to take independent decisions to use their franchise, and they would not vote for or against any candidate only because some demand to do so.
“They are not ready to vote or not to vote on the advice of another candidate,” he said adding the people have great confidence in the government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and SLPP led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Therefore, they would vote based on the trust reposed on the two leaders. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)