Commenting on the controversial issue of the timing of the Presidential election, Deputy General Secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayake threatened that his party would not tolerate the President remaining in that position, after December 22, but take serious action if an attempt is made to do so. Addressing a UNP Balamandalaya at Kundasale, he said that a second ?Janabala Meheyuma? would be organized in the event of any moves to postpone the Presidential election. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had taken oaths secretly in a room, whereas her predecessors J.R. Jayawardena and Ranasinghe Premadasa were with the people when taking their Presidential oaths, having done so at the Galle Face green and Sri Dalada Maligawa respectively.?
Speaking further, he said that the country has reached an anarchical state, although the expressed objective of the Alliance government was to develop the country and to bring down the cost of living.
He also said that the SLFP nominated a Presidential candidate because they were daunted by the massive crowd that participated at the Janabala Meheyuma. ?During the two-year regime of the UNP Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe created peace in the country and got a colossal amount of foreign exchange for the development of the country. What did the Prime Minster do during a period of one -and-a-half years?? he questioned. He said that a popularity poll conducted by a local and an international organization had Ranil Wickremesinghe scoring 45% compared to 27% for Mahinda Rajapakse. ?A separate organization will be formed to protect the party and to eradicate poverty. Arrangements have been made to go door to door on August 08 to collect signatures for a `Janabala` petition.
Viharadhipathy of the Balagolle Buddhist Centre, the Venerable Talpotha Dhammajothi Thera, Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Anura Seneviratne, Vice Chairman, Kularatne Wickremasuriya and officers of the UNP branch were present on this occasion. (157)