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Despite defeat, I will serve the people: Upeksha


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Popular actress Upeksha Swarnamali aka 'Paba' who lost her bid for election on the UPFA ticket in the Gampaha district said today she would continue serving the people.

She told Daily Mirror that she was grateful to all those who voted for her. The absence of a strong election campaign and the lack of experienced organizers were the main reasons for her defeat.

“There were shortcomings on my side as well. I was compelled to confine my campaign to the Diwulapitiya electorate with Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Indika Anuruddha with years of political experience contesting from the same electorate. I failed to garner enough preferential votes for these reasons,” Ms. Swarnamali said.

She was elected to parliament on the UNP ticket at the 2010 general elections with more than 80,000 preferential votes. Later, she crossed over to the UPFA and voted in favour of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

At August 17 elections she contested on the UPFA ticket as electoral organiser of Diwulapitiya and managed to obtain only 22,690 preferential votes -- insufficient for a parliamentary seat.

She said if had not made the mistake of crossing over, she would have obtained more than 80,000 preferential votes.

Ms. Swarnamali said her crossing over created a dent in her character as a politician and vowed to correct the mistake by serving the people throughout her life.

“I will never give up my career as a politician as I know that I am capable of making a change in society on behalf of people,” she said and said she would never leave UPFA for any reason. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 12

  • Bala Friday, 21 August 2015 06:14 PM

    Kicked the ladder after climbing high. Anyway she gets a pension for life - for another 50 years - and we have to pay for that. And we get no returns. What a crime.

    Amila Friday, 21 August 2015 06:24 PM

    As you did in the previous parliament ? Ha Ha Ha.............

    Bippity Boppity Boo Friday, 21 August 2015 06:33 PM

    Ha Ha Ha! Start by reading the Sri Lanka constitution followed by the British constitution. Wije may give you tuition. Then you may be able to serve the people better than just raise you hand ignorantly.

    Dayan Friday, 21 August 2015 06:38 PM

    Sorry madam, we have missed your valuable speeches to be hered in future in the parliament.

    surasena Friday, 21 August 2015 06:38 PM

    As Githa, Muthu, Rohitha, Mahindananda, prasanna, Choka Malli etc... were elected by "Intelligent" UPFA voters, it seems to be you fail to make adequate noise on behalf of MR, to be considered by these "Intelligent"s

    ANTON Friday, 21 August 2015 06:58 PM


    johan Friday, 21 August 2015 07:28 PM

    What did you do to the people when you were in theprevious reigme

    Yohan Sunday, 23 August 2015 04:45 AM

    your knowledge about politics was exposed at a Derana TV show hostedd by Dilka. So as a woman raise a family and stay at home and this would be best for you.

    Bara Sunday, 23 August 2015 09:06 AM

    She can get the hell our. We already have good leaders.

    gOB Sunday, 23 August 2015 09:16 AM

    serve people?

    hachchi Sunday, 23 August 2015 09:18 AM

    it will be that people will serve her for the rest of the life with a pension

    Aba Jayasekera Sunday, 23 August 2015 09:43 AM

    You screwed the UNP and therefore got screwed by the UNP. Good Riddance of Bad Rubbish !

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