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By Gandhya Senanayake

Matara Mayor Upul Nishantha, a SLFP organizer for the Matara District, extended support to General Fonseka at a media briefing held this morning and stated that his crossing over would rally more support for General Fonseka in the South. 

However he added that he was aware of the political atmosphere and the danger to himself, his wife and children due to the move but that he was not going to ‘let down’ his supporters and electorate.   

The Mayor explained he was crossing over due his political ideology and that he was not going to be ‘a henchmen like the rest for the political agenda of others’. He went on to condemn violence and noted that election violence made the general public inactive observers rather than active participants that will benefit the country.

Further, he stated that he was deeply saddened by news of the death of a mother in Tangalle who was traveling to a rally recently and that she was a member of his seat. He said that this type of violence was another reason for him to cross over.

According to the Mayor, he at first he saw General Fonseka as a military leader but now firmly believes that General Fonseka is the right candidate to face what the Mayor termed ‘jungle law’ that exists in the country.

The Mayor added that while development is in progress in the south, ‘material development was fruitless without intellectual happiness of the people’. He went on to say that he was pleased with the social and racial harmony General Fonseka seems ready to provide the country stating that he can achieve long term peace and harmony among different communities. 

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  • Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:23 AM

    True cross over or is it for money

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:24 AM


    Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:25 AM

    good decision sir...

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:30 AM


    Kmrw Sunday, 09 January 2011 05:00 PM

    There were so many people support to Fonseka in in jan. 2010 Lot of them went to MR again. But Upul Nishantha is fighting on behalf of target witch he started. Struggling is not easy. We wish you.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:45 AM

    Is this a trick played by Dullas to outsmart Mangala?

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:47 AM

    careful mayor with these thugs good luck any way

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:00 AM

    Dear General and Wijedasa Rajapakse - we trust you. Please be careful of politicians except Buddhiks Pathirana who steadfastly did yeoman service in Matara Electorate. Others may cross over to get something by abandoning a sinking ship.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:04 AM

    You have taken very correct decision,

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:10 AM

    Thank u Mayor u r a true Sri Lankan

    Tuesday, 19 January 2010 05:50 AM

    Another idiot changing hands for money

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:24 AM

    SF ta Jayawewaaaa!

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 01:48 AM

    It's surely not for monetary benefits unlike our 22 odd UNPers did. This is an expression disgust and desperation of being able to anything

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:27 AM

    Upul Nishantha?? . A good man.


    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:39 AM

    Unelievable... what's going on here....

    It seems to be that MR is loosing incredibly during this election.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:40 AM

    Forthcoming days are very crucial for MR since his politicians are day by day and one by one being released from him and joint with SF, this is going to be a big blow to MR. Further this situation which would be a good lesion for him and make us all understand that people of Sri Lanka are not stupid as like Tamil Nadu in India.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:14 AM

    Duls? Where is he? Is he still in the country? I don't think so..

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:14 AM

    Api kiyanna oanaa de api ta kiyanawaa..

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:21 AM

    high cost of living corruption all over govenrment is over burdened with a large cabinet of ministers and so many advisors and heanhman and tugs.

    no media freedom democracy and free and fair election people taxed to the maximum country is pawnwd to China.

    Public debt is skyhigh who isgoing to pay this money .

    May the triple gem bless srl lanka for a change.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:22 AM

    Now he'll be known as a traitor....

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:00 AM

    Well Well that the south is under control.. A record victory is on the cards.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:05 AM

    MR now says that he sans bribery and correction, will share power with the minorities, salary increases etc. etc., which SF has promised from the time he decided to contest, IT IS BETTER for MR to withdraw from the electon and support SF to make our little Island Sri Lanka a Country, for OUR children to Live proudly. MR will MAKE HIstory and also save the country a good some of money that will be spent on holding the elections, which could be used in the devclopement of mother Lanka?? Give our children a GOOD and Decent FUTURE ???

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:08 AM

    Jumping from the Sinking Ship?

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:11 AM

    Hope there will be more who do this during the coming week. Let the People speak. Down with Lasantha's killers.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 03:29 AM

    THE Mayor be carful about your life. but you took a clever decision.
    God bless.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:13 AM

    mr.sf it is high time to give a deadline to those who wave their flag to you and changing their seats,other wise on the eve of eletion day they will come to shake hand with you for your success

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 03:32 AM

    Day by Day MR Fonsak a became a strong leader and leader of the country on 26th jan 2010

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:14 AM

    good move Mr.Nishantha

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:15 AM

    Day by day Mr.SF getting stronger.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 03:40 AM

    Which God...? 33million in Sri Lanka !.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:23 AM

    Good Decision

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:27 AM

    I think that this is genuine cross over.. signs of a more to come

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:29 AM

    SF ta jaya weva...........

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:44 AM

    All Srilankans should support to SF in this deciding Day of Sri-Lanka future. Do not miss to vote on 26th. Opportunity may miss everyone would suffer under MR.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 05:08 AM

    At this rate, is it Gota's turn next?

    Monday, 18 January 2010 03:51 AM

    Thank U for the music for sometime singing.....
    Joy SF winning........

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 05:18 AM

    I think the only fool to eat the dust was Prabakaran.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:13 AM

    Mangala's favour or fear of losing the elections in future, when preferential system is abolished?

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:27 AM

    Let's face it. Who has all the power at the present time? It's the Executive President, MR. His Politicians enjoy all the privileges and are immuned from prosecution, should they be in hot water. So, one has to be brave, honest and courageous to give up such privileges and join the Opposition forces, as Opponents of MR are subject to vilification, thuggery, assassinations, abductions and incarceration In short they risk their lives. Those who cross over to MR are Opportunists, as they do it to enjoy the perks that come along with it and those who cross over to the Opposition are truly honest and brave as they risk their lives and forego their privileges they currently enjoy. We should salute such Politicians who join the Opposition forces that is attempting to get rid of the most corrupt and despotic

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:59 AM

    Another fool eats the Dust.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:59 AM

    Thi swould have been done long ago.Anyway it is not too late.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:02 AM

    Well done take extra precautions till d 26th as d govt goons might try to use force against u.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:05 AM

    God will decide the best...

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:08 AM

    "Perahera" just started.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:10 AM

    I fully agree with Saumy Farook. There is no point in crossing over to Gen. Fonseka's camp after the elections or just before the elections. There should be a general deadline atleast by next Friday to have an impact on the voting population otherwise it will be just personal gains. This doesn't mean that SF shouldn't accept cross-overs but giving positions in the run-up to the General Elections, the UNF and JVP should give preferences to those who have crossed over prior to the Presidential Elections.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:24 AM

    Mr. Upul Nishantha do not like corrupt goons, so he extends support to General Fonseka. Jaya Wewa General Fonseka !!!

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:26 AM

    Intelligent people use their brain at this juncture and take decision without hanging on incorrect political ideology. I appeal rest of the intelligent people in the country who have still not taken decision,to help SF to do so without further delay in joining the correct force to rebuild the country.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:44 AM

    I regret we've many many political acrobats in our country.They have guts of balancing on political high robes for their own benefits.May God bless the citizens.

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