‘Conspirators cannot propose General Election symbol’

2019-12-14 at 10:31

State Minister Roshan Ranasinghe says groups who worked to defeat the United People’s Freedom Alliance in 2015, have no authority to determine the party symbol under which they will contest the General Election.

Speaking at a rally in Kandy yesterday, the State Minister claimed the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna will contest under the symbol of the flower bud that has proven to be a success.

State Minister Ranasinghe noted former President Maithripala Sirisena had recently stated that he will help the government in claiming a two thirds majority in Parliament.

He charged that the former President being the leader of the United People’s Freedom Alliance when he contested the 2015 Presidential Election, brought ruin on the party and on the country.

The State Minister further charged that former President Maithripala Sirisena conspired and took over the UPFA and SLFP General Secretarial posts, and accused him of never inquiring from Mahinda Rajapaksa to include names in the National List.

State Minister Ranasinghe also revealed that when the SLPP joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for the Presidential Election, they hoped to win over 70% of the votes in the Polonnaruwa District claiming that another conspiracy was in play at the time.

Ranasinghe stressed that such persons now have no ethical right to determine a party symbol including the parties policies.

He claimed the party decided to contest under the symbol of the flower bud following defeats after contesting under the symbol of the hand, chair and the beetle leaf.

The State Minister stressed that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna will contest under the undefeated and victorious flower bud symbol.

Meanwhile, also speaking at the rally State Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said all persons must rally together with the government to claim a win at the General Election.

The State Minister noted that the government’s win at the Presidential Election could only be reaffirmed at the upcoming General Election.

Therefore the State Minister requested all persons to discard parties differences, to put nationalism at the forefront and to work to bring the country forward.

State Minister Rambukwella further requested the public to support the government’s plan and make an assessment on the proceedings of the government after five years.

He added the public also has a responsibility of pointing out the government’s mistakes, stating that there must be a dialogue on shortcomings in order for the country to move forward.