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No one needs to be afraid of the success scored by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province as it will not pave the way for separatism, Democratic Party (DP) Leader Sarath Fonseka said today.

The former Army Commander told journalists there was no room anymore for separatism in the country. He said the separatism bogey was unnecessarily fed into the minds of the people by the southern political parties which have embraced communalism for their survival.

“An opportunity has been created for all ethnic groups and political parties to work together and therefore people need not entertain any baseless fears,” Mr. Fonseka said.

He said the Democratic Party suffered a setback when UPFA’s chief ministerial candidate Dayasiri Jayaskera crossed over from the UNP.

Mr. Fonseka said more than 20,000 UNP members who were planning to join the DP also crossed over to the government with Mr. Jayasekera.

“These people have crossed over hoping they can get something done if they joined the government with Mr. Jayasekera,” he said and added that Mr. Jayaskera had met him months before his crossover and told of his plans to leave the UNP.

“Mr. Jayasekera is a popular politician but I don’t approve of his decision to switch sides,” he said while stressing that one should not betray those who supported him and join another party,” Mr. Fonseka said.

Responding to a question whether there is any truth in the notion that the Democratic Party (DP) succeeded at this provincial council election because of the UNP’s weakness, Mr. Fonseka said the reality was that his success was the result of the weaknesses in both the UNP and the ruling UPFA.

“Those who voted for my party were the ones who were frustrated with both main parties,” he said.

Referring to his party’s future plans, he said his aim was to turn the DP into the main political party in the country.

“Converting DP into being the main political party is a time consuming one but it will grow steadily just like a small plant that becomes a huge tree,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond)
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  • wijekoon Monday, 23 September 2013 01:59 PM

    Sir Congratulations for your emergence under numerous harassment s. You are the only hope of the the right minded people of the country.wish you all success.

    wipula Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:21 AM

    Sir, I appreciate your opinion on communal politics. I wish you all success.

    Rukshan Edirisinghe Monday, 23 September 2013 06:47 PM

    Well said General!! This speech shows how matured you've become as a Politician, and I hope you continue this path!!! and lead to become the leader of our country

    Ratavasiya Monday, 23 September 2013 02:21 PM

    Leader in waiting to take country to a real democracy.

    Bumblebee Monday, 23 September 2013 02:30 PM

    Well said Sir, the corrupt Southern politicians are now spreading religious hatred too.

    Robert Croos Monday, 23 September 2013 02:40 PM

    He has some brains. But also does stupid thing like contesting MR and telling the Tamils in North that there are no forced disappearences in the country.

    Raj Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:56 AM

    good luck for future efforts! we need a country with democracy, free of corruptions, nepotism. we r with you if u move in this way.

    Dammika Monday, 23 September 2013 02:41 PM

    General ... you really talk sense. You and the party deserve the win as the third force ... wish you all the success in the years to come ... save us

    LabuPoosa Monday, 23 September 2013 03:24 PM

    He talks a bit like a gentleman now. No more kalavedi talk. He has a long, long way to go to become a major force. He'd make that process a bit faster if he puts more sense into his head. What he could do is clouded by the anger within him, which he needs to get rid of.
    He also has to ask himself who created an environment for "all ethnic groups and political parties to work together" . The truth is a bitter pill but he has to take it and appreciate the good done by others.

    saman Monday, 23 September 2013 11:18 PM

    Yes, I agree. He is still a little boy in the political arena learning the art. Ohoma yan Sir....

    raviraj Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:44 AM

    you first accept them as srilankans and also accept their electoral victory and the peoples man date and hey will then accept srilanka as their country

    sobers Monday, 23 September 2013 11:52 AM

    In Srilanka Politics is Poli- trick, don't be surprised if your members cross over. Money speaks!

    common man Monday, 23 September 2013 04:42 PM

    Sir, I totally agree with you. Other parties should join you rather than you join them. You have policy and others don't have policy. Sir, we are with you all the time. There is no place for dictators In our country Sir only you can change that.

    Ali Monday, 23 September 2013 04:46 PM

    Mr. SF is showing some maturity in his speech this time.

    zavahir Monday, 23 September 2013 12:01 PM

    SF had a vision. Ranil must call him. He learn the politics.We need aunited opposition.

    Ben Hurling Monday, 23 September 2013 12:09 PM

    Well done Mr. Fonseka. Congratulations. We need to get rid of both SLFP and UNP.

    Jagath Monday, 23 September 2013 12:18 PM

    Now only have hopes on your party that can save this country from lawless corrupted regime. However this is not an easy task with majority of narrow minded opportunists in Sri Lanka.

    SLA Monday, 23 September 2013 05:25 PM

    It's a matter of time. You will be at the helm.

    fernado Monday, 23 September 2013 12:29 PM

    Do more House to House propaganda. You will get more support from ordinary people.

    citizens Monday, 23 September 2013 12:41 PM

    Well done n best of luck

    Rubert Vanderkoon Monday, 23 September 2013 12:42 PM

    Sumanthiran refused to hold the national flag. Sambanthan once did hold it with RAnil but later apologised for doing so. There are other TNA MPs, who are non-rehabilitated LTTE fighters. These are the people who never call their country Sri Lanka.

    Suni P Monday, 23 September 2013 12:49 PM

    Proud of SF, a 4 month old party emerging as the 3rd force in the country. UNP learn

    Perumal Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:45 AM

    Right! ordinary people listen to reason!!

    ANTON Monday, 23 September 2013 12:54 PM

    I AM GLAD THAT YOU MADE THE BELLS SOUNDLESS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME..... KEEP IT UP SOLDIER.

    Sivatheepan Monday, 23 September 2013 05:41 PM

    Well said sir,,,,,,, ppl should ignore the politicians who use communal statements to make them popular.

    Thomas Monday, 23 September 2013 01:02 PM

    UPFA and other associates spread separatism to gain gullible southern voters

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 23 September 2013 05:57 PM

    True from a Honest Straight Forward Gentleman.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 23 September 2013 06:01 PM

    Yes Sir, as long as you are there "SriLankans" should not fear about any war or separations etc., Congratulations for your first step victory and pray that you will be No. 1 in the near future.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 23 September 2013 06:03 PM

    Really we agree with you. We don't need to fear about North again as you have won the battle for us long ago. We bough down for your good deed.

    joseph Monday, 23 September 2013 01:24 PM

    So at last you have realized that you have a long way to go. Have patience do not look for shortcuts

    Prometheus Monday, 23 September 2013 01:35 PM

    Wow. Did I read that right? Its a good thing to hear you say the TNA win does not mean separatism. I don't think I have heard this from any UNP politicians let alone from the UPFA .


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