Dinesh pledges good governance
Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) and former Minister
Dinesh Gunawardena a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) victory at
the August Parliamentary Elections would secure the return of good
governance and effective democracy.
Responding to criticisms about former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
favouring relatives and friends during his tenure, Gunawardena said the
opponents have not been able give credibility to any of the accusation,
except exposing their own debacles. “Let the people judge,” he said,
pointing out that political opponents criticising a former president is
expected in a democratic environment.
“But he is the only president who was able to defeat terrorism –
protecting the unitary state. He brought back the victories of economic
development,” Gunawardena pointed out.
A constituent party of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA),
the MEP will be contesting in seven districts - Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy,
Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Digamadulla and Hambantota. Gunawardena said
the focus of the MEP policies will be on correcting the setbacks of the
country’s economy, youth empowerment and enhancing powers entrusted with
the local governments. “Establishing electoral reforms, an executive
committee system for the Parliament need to happen soon,” he added.
Confident about the former president gaining huge public support and
leading the UPFA to victory, Gunawardena, in a brief interview,
acknowledged that the mistakes done in the past needed to be corrected
and assured further mistakes or abuses would not be tolerated under the
new UPFA manifesto.