Positive results at LG polls in North:
Potential for increased UPFA vote base
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha
Senaratne said that the outcome of the Local Government election in the
North augurs well for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as it
has secured a good vote base in the North which can be improved further.
This was the first time that the SLFP-led coalition secured support
from the North. Although the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had won most
of the Local Government bodies in the North, it gained only 39,000
votes. The UPFA has come close to the TNA by securing 30,000 votes, the
Minister told the Sunday Observer.
He said this is a significant victory for the UPFA in the North. The
UPFA being a national party that had obtained more votes in the North is
a strong indication that it has a good future to increase its vote base
in the North.
“With the new developments taking place in the North, the next
election will be crucial for the TNA. However, if the UPFA can address
the rest of the grievances faced by the Tamil community, it has a very
good chance of winning the next election,” he said.
Dr. Senaratne said when President Mahinda Rajapaksa successfully
addresses the issues of the Tamil community,the fate of the TNA will be
the same as that of the UNP. “I am confident that President Rajapaksa
would accomplish that too,” he said.
In Sri Lanka’s election history, it was only the UNP and the old Left
which had a support base in the North. The SLFP never had any support
from the North or from predominantly Tamil areas in the East. This was
the first time that the SLFP-led coalition had gained a great deal of
support from the North.