Majority express confidence in President Rajapaksa
A cross-section of the Ministers interviewed by the Sunday Observer
yesterday described putting forward Maithripala Sirisena as the
Opposition's Common Candidate as a conspiracy to destabilise the country
under the influence of some external forces.
They said President Mahinda Rajapaksa will achieve a resounding
victory at the forthcoming Presidential Election because the majority of
the people have placed their confidence on him and are hoping that he
will take the country to great heights during his third tenure in
Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe:
I see this as a conspiracy to destabilise the country. There are
powerful external forces manipulating the whole situation.
We cannot allow these external forces to destabilise the country
because this stability was achieved after 30 long years, sacrificing
many hundreds of lives.
We have restored economic, political and social stability in the
country and we have now begun to enjoy the fruits of our hard work.
Many leaders during the 30 years who did not have the courage and the
dedication to continue the task of eliminating terrorists, succumb to
external pressure. President Rajapaksa overcame the pressure, he put the
country first and eliminated terrorism. We can trust the president to
continue to consolidate the gains that we have achieved. People of this
country approve and appreciate what he did.
I have no doubt in my mind that he will achieve a resounding victory
and the people have already decided that they want him to continue. They
know he will take this country to great heights.
As far as I am concerned I will work very hard to ensure his victory.
UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister
The SLFP Central Committee unanimously decided to nominate the Party
Leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as its candidate for the
Presidential Election to be held in January 8 next year.
The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) unanimously backs the
decision taken by the SLFP Central Committee to field Mahinda Rajapaksa
as the Presidential Candidate of the ruling alliance.
With its stable policies, the SLFP has become the most powerful
political party in the country at present and President Rajapaksa will
take the SLFP and the other constituent parties of the UPFA to another
resounding victory at the polls. The founder of the SLFP, late Prime
Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was assassinated in 1959 after a huge,
organized conspiracy as they believed that no one cannot defeat him
because of his people friendly policies.
By uniting national religious and cultural forces in the country
popularly known as Sanga-Weda-Guru Govi-Kamkaru Pancha Maha Balavegaya,
a great service was rendered to uplift the living standards of the
suppressed class by the UPFA Government.
Senior Minister of Technology and Research Prof. Tissa Vitharana:
I am sorry that Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Rajitha Senaratne and
others have taken this step to break away from the UPFA Government.
Though they have good intentions, I think they have fallen into a trap
set by the UNP.
If the objectives that has been set by the former Minister
Maithripala Sirisena and others is achieved, he will enjoy power of
executive presidency for a very short period after which the power will
be passed on to Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP.
Therefore all that they will be achieving is handing power over to
the UNP which is acting not in our interest but in the interest of the
USA and foreign capitalism.
It is also not clear as to how within a short period of 100 days the
defectors will be able to do away with the executive Presidency without
having the necessary support in Parliament, even if they succeed at the
The best intentions are worthwhile only if they can be successfully
put into effect. I doubt this.
National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and Construction, Engineering
Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa:
No matter who commits the betrayal, which is historically nothing new
to Sri Lanka, the UPFA will march towards victory at the Presidential
poll to give Mahinda Rajapaksa a third term.
The Opposition failed miserably to find a good contender for
President within their ranks.
They combed every bush in their midst but finally they found a
scapegoat to be sacrificed from the UPFA.
The people's confidence is still with the ruling party and people
will not allow the country to be taken back to those dark days.
The same foreign forces backed by the LTTE diaspora who teamed up to
field Sarath Fonseka in 2010 as the Presidential candidate has come
together again to groom the common candidate.
The abolition of executive presidency is a ploy used by these forces
to get a regime change and destabilise the country.
This is the call of the LTTE diaspora. These hawkers are at play
again and trying to get their wishes that were lost during January 2010,
fulfilled through another candidate.
Even some foreign missions in Colombo have taken an unusual interest
in the up coming election and the opposition candidate.
The UNP which had been craving for power, after being in the
opposition for many years are now trying to come to power at any cost.
They are not worried if their actions will have adverse consequences
for the country.
Sugar Industry Development Minister Lakshman Senewiratne:
Putting forward Maithripala Sirisena as the Opposition's Common
Candidate is just only a storm in a tea cup.
He wants to abolish the Executive Presidency within 100 days and
appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. Who will he be after
100 days? Is this the mandate that he is seeking from the people? It is
nothing but all sound and fury signifying nothing, as the saying goes.
Why we should vote for Maithri? What has he done on behalf of the
country and its people. President Mahinda Rajapaksa could put an end to
three decades of terrorism and restore peace within the country. We also
witness the massive infrastructure development that has taken place
within the country during the nine-year tenure of the President. At
present the peace dividends has reached village level.
Minister Senewiratne said at present the competition is between two
SLFPers. The UNPers may be happy on the decision taken by Ranil
Wickremesinghe not to contest for the Presidential Election.
Wickremesinghe may also be happy because Maithri came as the scapegoat
to prevent yet another humiliating defeat for him.