President Rajapaksa, leader who rescued nation from LTTE clutches
-Minister Johnston Fernando
Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said that
at the upcoming Presidential Election, the people will have to decide
only one thing whether they vote for a leader of the calibre of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who rescued the nation from the clutches of
the three decades of terrorism or vote for a person such as New
Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Maithripala Sirisena who will betray
Those who betray the interests of the country will vote for Sirisena.
Those who love their motherland and know how to extend their gratitude
will definitely vote for President Rajapaksa, the Minister told the
Sunday Observer yesterday.
“There is no other candidate who can pose a challenge to the
incumbent President. Actually, this common opposition front has been
formed by Sirisena and a few other political parties for their own
benefit. UNPers are not so ignorant to vote for a candidate of the likes
of Sirisena,” he said.
Minister Fernando said that at present no UNP flag or Sirisena’s
cutouts can be seen. However, Sirisena likes cheap publicity. At earlier
elections, the whole of Polonnaruwa was full of his posters, cutouts and
banners. He didn’t permit other UPFA candidates to conduct their
Although Maithripala Sirisena and a few other members quit the
Government, it has no adverse impact on the SLFP vote base, he said. To
safeguard Ranil Wickremesinghe’s self respect, Sirisena has pledged to
offer the premiership, in the event he wins.
The Sirisena - JVP combination would finally chase Ranil
Wickremesinghe away. That is why Wickremesinghe is talking of the
Constitution introduced by former President J.R. Jayewardena and not