Uva polls result–no impact on UPFA vote base
Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said as far
as the Government is concerned, it has secured power in most of the Uva
electorates and it had some
downward trends only in one or two areas at
the recently concluded Uva Provincial Council elections.
This has not made a big impact on the UPFA’s vote base. The
Government has confidence and is looking at this seriously and focussing
on where it had gone wrong to correct itself, the Minister told the
Sunday Observer yesterday.
Asked about the UNP’s claim that the Uva PC election result is a “red
light” to the Government, Minister Rambukwella said the UNP has to
invariably make that comment.
The UNP being a giant political party has faced repeated failures
over 20 years. They are loosing their cadres. When they have a little
“fresh air”, they need to develop or enlarge on it.
The position adopted by the UNP is quite justifiable for a political
“When people say that Ranil Wickremesinghe has faced 29 electoral
defeats, that has been drowned now. Else the people would have talked
about the 28th or 29th defeat of Wickremesinghe this time too.
Wickremesinghe acted wisely and made new appointments within the
party. The people have forgotten that the UNP faced yet another defeat,”
The Minister said that if one says that the Uva election result is a
red light, I would take up the 1993 Southern Provincial Council election
where the famous Fransisku case occurred. There was a complete whitewash
and eventually Amarasiri Dodangoda was elected Chief Minister.
Simultaneously, the most powerful personalities such as Lalith
Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, G.M. Premachandra and Samaraweera
Weerawanni decamped from the UNP. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
also came from nowhere and contested the election and cut a figure.
In fact this was a red light as the results proved.