MR launches lotus bud’s LG poll campaign

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kujk.3By Lahiru Pothmulla   

The election campaign of the Joint People’s Front (JPF), the coalition formed by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and other political parties of the Joint Opposition, was launched by former president and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo yesterday.  


At the launch, 8,000 candidates, who are contesting the upcoming Local Government (LG) election under the lotus bud symbol of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, took the election pledge.   

The campaign map was presented to religious leaders and party leaders of the Joint Opposition (JO) by Mr. Rajapaksa at the launch.   

Speaking to the candidates, he said there were applications received from 65,000 people to contest under the ticket of the ‘lotus bud’ and those who received nominations should get the support of others as well.   


What is sad is that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is also supporting the UNP when executing these principles

“We are certain we will win all LG bodies. Everyone who is against the government’s conduct, its move to sell the country, should vote for the lotus bud. It is vital that our candidates fulfil their responsibilities and duties to the people when elected. Candidates should engage in the campaign in an honest manner,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.   
He said the cost of living was skyrocketing and whenever the United National Party (UNP) was in power, the poor were left neglected.   


“What is sad is that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is also supporting the UNP when executing these principles,” he said. 

He said the country was self-sufficient under his tenure but phone calls are being made today when there are shortages of fertilizer or rice.   

“People have to wait at the Galle Face Green till a shipment of rice or other food arrives,” he said.   

He also said his face belongs to the party (SLPP) and therefore any candidate can use it.   

SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris, leaders of other political parties and MPs of the Joint Opposition attended the launch.