UPFA will romp home
Elections to the North Central,
Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils will be held on Saturday.
These are not mere elections to three Provincial Councils, but are
decisive in that the masses should be vigilant as various interested
elements, both here and abroad, are yearning to put their agendas in
It is an open secret that the Tiger cohorts and a section of the
Tamil Diaspora are going hammer and tongs to reactivate the separatist
ideology after the LTTE was crushed militarily in May 2009. Tiger
sympathisers and LTTE leaders abroad have been working hand in glove
with several international organisations and some Western politicians
who depend on the Tamil Diaspora votes.
These elements have spared no pains to uphold the utopian idea of a
separate state. It is still fresh in people's minds how the lavish
funding of LTTE front organisations abroad had helped several Western
politicians and certain international organisations.
Taking Sri Lanka to task and attempting to haul the country's leaders
who gave the much-needed political leadership to eradicate terrorism and
eliminate the LTTE leadership before an international war tribunal are
foremost among the many goals of the LTTE cohorts in the West.
Exerting pressure on the Government through various international
organisations and enlisting the support of politicians in certain
countries in the West who support them is another ploy by LTTE
The US-led resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council
(UNHRC), had no doubt, kindled fresh hopes in the remaining LTTE leaders
abroad. Though the top LTTE leadership had been vanquished during the
2006-2009 battle against terrorism, the second-rung Tiger leaders abroad
are doing their damnedest to strengthen their international network and
raise fresh funds to keep their separatist dream alive.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in the meantime, is also making a
subtle attempt to adopt the same LTTE stance as the sole representatives
of the Tamils. Nevertheless, the fact remains that neither the LTTE nor
the TNA was accepted by the majority Tamil community as their sole
representative. When the LTTE had subjected the Tamils to untold misery,
the TNA did not utter a word on behalf of its own community and acted as
puppets on a string.
In the absence of the LTTE, the TNA, which was at one time
remote-controlled by the Tiger leadership from their Wanni hideouts, is
now trying to capture the hearts of the Tamils. The Eastern Provincial
Council election has turned out to be a money-spinner for the TNA which
is hell-bent on exploiting the Eelam dream of the LTTE cohorts abroad.
An unprecedented volume of funds has been channelled to TNA coffers
by certain Tamil Diaspora members in the hope that the former Tiger
proxy party could keep their separatist dream alive. Some Tamil Diaspora
leaders are under the illusion that the TNA could democratically achieve
what Velupillai Prabhakaran and his goons failed in their bloody
Hence, the country is now at important crossroads with all eyes of
the international community focused on the people's verdict at the
forthcoming Provincial Council elections. A fresh mandate for the ruling
United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will not only shatter all those
dreams, but would also send a clear signal to the international
community that the masses strongly support the people-friendly
With terrorism eradicated and the Security Forces' liberating the
country from the clutches of LTTE terror under the sagacious political
leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, voters in the East will get
another opportunity to elect their representatives to the Provincial
Council. They must weigh the pros and cons and take into account their
improved lifestyles after the scourge of terrorism was eliminated. The
mega development projects launched, not only in these three provinces
but in all others, are taking the country to new economic horizons.
People in the North and the East have been given a new lease of life.
The two provinces are developing at a rapid pace of around 22 percent,
compared to the country's near eight percent overall growth rate. When
resettlement and demining are fully completed, elections to the Northern
Provincial Council too would be held next year.
Considering the President's landslide victory with a majority of over
1.8 million votes at the 2010 Presidential election, and the near
two-thirds majority the UPFA had secured at the general election that
followed, the masses are set to strengthen the hands of the leader who
had liberated the nation.
People in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provinces
should take a closer look at the progress Sri Lanka has made since
President Rajapaksa took office in November 2005, when terrorism was at
its peak and the economy on the verge of collapse. Since then, Sri Lanka
has recorded unprecedented development in all spheres.
Sending another clear signal to the international community by
winning the forthcoming Provincial Council elections would be important
for the country's stability and economic development. Since President
Rajapaksa will be the Head of State till November 2016 and the UPFA
holds over two-thirds majority in Parliament till April 2016, it is the
bounden duty of one and all to give the ruling party a fresh mandate at
the Provincial Council elections as well.
Shady elements, both here and abroad, on the other hand, could resort
to despicable attempts to take undue advantage if power in the
Provincial Councils goes into the wrong hands. This could pose a threat
to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Hence, it is of utmost importance that one and all extend their
gratitude and sincere support to the leader who saved our nation with
the right political leadership.
Opportunist Opposition politicians, mainly in the TNA, are teaming up
with certain Western forces, whose prime objective is to get rid of an
administration which does not dance to their whims and fancies. Those
who love this country should sink their differences and unite at this
Certain Western countries, which attempted to resuscitate the
moribund LTTE till the last stages of the Security Forces' battle
against terrorism, did everything in their power to have a 'leader' who
would sacrifice anything and everything to appease the West. With
providence, Mother Lanka thwarted such conspiracies in January 2010 and
President Rajapaksa won a thumping six million votes, and a fresh
The time has now come for voters to teach a good lesson to all
sinister forces - both here and abroad, which work according to their
secret agendas. The masses, no doubt, will give a clear-cut mandate to
President Rajapaksa again with an absolute majority at all three
Provincial Councils to counter Western conspiracies and usher in