Contesting LG elections 21 minor parties ally with UNP

Published : 9:00 am  December 13, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The UNP-led United National Front (UNF) will contest the elections to 341 local government bodies in the nine provinces in an alliance with 21 Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim minority political parties under the elephant symbol, Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka said.

 

He said the party hoped to win a majority of local government bodies and that the constituent parties would contest under the leadership of UNP leader and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe.   


The minister said this when he participated as the chief guest at the prize giving ceremony of the Weliwatta Vijayananda Pirivena in Galle yesterday.   


“Our biggest problem is the selection of candidates. The number of applications exceeds double  the required number of candidates. However, the party has been able to sort out the problem with mutual understanding, consensus and compromise with our allies,” he said.   


 The minister said on the instructions of our party leader the district selection committees paid particular attention to avoid including unsuitable candidates in the UNF nomination lists. 

 

No drug peddlers, thugs, illegal sand miners, uneducated or convicts will find their name in any of our nomination lists in any part of 
the country

 
“No drug peddlers, thugs, illegal sand miners, uneducated or convicts will find their name in any of our nomination lists in any part of the country,” he said. “The UNP is committed to create a transparent, clean and responsible local government administration with the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to promote good governance from the grassroots level.”   


Commenting on the weak performance of the joint opposition in and out of Parliament, the minister said Budget 2018 was passed with a huge majority of 99 votes or a two-thirds majority at the third reading.   


The JO is living in a dream world expecting the government to collapse and would have been jolted from their sleep when the vote on the Budget was taken.


On several JO, NFF and MEP parliamentarians abandoning the party leadership, the minister said  the JO and the SLPP had already started to erode even before the LG elections campaign started He said there would be more crossovers and back stabbing by JO members before the elections. 

 

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