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DateLine Sunday, 9 September 2007

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UNP lacks support to topple Govt

SB blames JVP for double standards:

Contrary to the 'dreams' of some politicians of the Opposition, which say the days are numbered to topple the Government, the United National Party (UNP) says that there is no immediate intention as they lack the support of other parties.

UNP heavyweight and National Organiser, S. B. Dissanayake told the 'Sunday Observer' that the UNP never said that they would topple the Government during the budget debate or within the next six months.

He said though some UNP politicians say that the UNP would topple the Government soon, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe never talked about toppling the Government immediately.

"I can clearly confirm that the intention of our leader is not to topple the Government soon. This is not a secret", he said.

Dissanayake said that the UNP could not change the Government soon as the party could not have a lone struggle for this. He also said that this would not be possible without the assistance of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

According to Dissanayake getting the support of these parties would not be possible at this juncture but the UNP is in the process of organising campaigns to get the support of the people to topple the Government before the end of its tenure.

" We have to be well organised at village level to gain the lost confidence over the UNP. We need to get the support of businessmen, teachers and youth at village level", he said.

Meanwhile, the UNP's National Organiser blamed the JVP for its double standards, where they highly criticised and discredited the Government while defending the Government.

He said that the JVP's behaviour was for their own survival and not because of their faith in President Mahinda Rajapaksa or the Government.

Dissanayake said that the JVP is using the Government's leniency towards them to the maximum and the JVP's survival would end soon with the UNP's exposure of the JVP's double standards drama.

However, he said that the Mangala-Sripathy group could not make a big impact in a future election and he is not sure whether former Minister Mangala Samaraweera could bring more SLFPers to the UNP.

According to Dissanayake, Samaraweera would not get the support of a larger number of SLFPers and with one or two SLFPers joining the UNP it would not have a major impact on an election.

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