UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, at a ceremony held at the party headquarters, Siri Kotha, inaugurated what the UNPdescribed as a campaign to overthrow the UPFA government.
`There is an evil force which has caused destruction in this country. It is the UPFA government. There is only one force which can defeat this evil force and it is none other than the United National Party`, he said.
`We have gathered here today to inaugurate this battle. In a war, the strongest battalion is in the forefront. However, in this political war, which will be waged sans guns and bullets, the party organizers will lead the attack from the front`, he said.
`We have strengthened our district, electoral and village branches, it is they who will lead this war and dispose of the evil force through an exchange of ideas. All of you have been invited here to accept this challenge`, he told the organizers.
`Please do not forget that your future will be bright and prosperous under a UNP government. The UNP is a people friendly government which built the Mahaweli, increased employment opportunities, reduced the cost of living and developed the economy. All of you are no doubt proud about the achievements of the UNP`, he added.
`The UPFA, on the other hand, thrives by oppressing the masses. Neither the President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, nor the JVP know the difficulties faced by the people or are interested in the welfare of the people. It was the UNP which gave life to a battered lifeless economy in 2001 and the UPFA misled the people and overthrew the UNP government. The result is that all development has stagnated, the cost of living has escalated and it is now the duty of the UNP to begin the second programme to uplift the country and bring benefits to the people`, Wickremesinghe said.
`Where is the fertilizer at Rs. 350, the 70 percent salary increase for public officials, the 140,000 new jobs? Instead, the cost of living has increased instead of being reduced, so have fuel prices. The cost of living is on the rise every day. Few people can enjoy three square meals a day. Many have to be satisfied with two meals while a large number exist on a single meal each day. We will reduce poverty, provide relief to tsunami victims, provide jobs, reduce the cost of living and provide the people with a climate free from fear. Today, as we begin this battle to overthrow the evil UPFA government, let us each accept the responsibility to contribute to this battle. Enough is enough, our people have suffered enough`, he concluded.