General Secretary of the United National Party, Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake requested that the government leave General Sarath Fonseka alone.
Addressing a meeting recently at Agalawatta, he pointed out that General Fonseka was a highly decorated military official of unmatched class, who had fought for the freedom of the country and that the people would not tolerate any injustice being meted out to him. The UNP parliamentarian further said, The government is frightened that the opposition s candidate for the presidential election could be someone they cannot compete against. Through fear, they are attempting to tarnish the image of leading personalities, who, they believe would be the opposition s presidential candidate.
The government has deployed officers to follow prominent personalities in the opposition. They have resorted to telephone tapping in an attempt to find out secrets about them. However the opposition is prepared to face any type of election called by the government, and we don t keep anything from the people. The government failed to present the annual budget or to provide relief to the people. Many of the development projects inaugurated with much pomp and heraldry are failures.
However, the government has allocated Rs.2366 million from the proposed vote on account for the expenditure of the President. It is a clear indication that the President spends Rs.19.1 million per day. How can we approve the waste of public funds in this manner? This is in addition to the expenditure incurred in the upkeep of 113 ministers and their personal staff.
The proposed alliance of opposition political parties has been formed to fight the government s corruption and malpractices. After the Southern Provincial election, the government realized that the people are now out to teach them a bitter lesson before long
Kalutara District Parliamentarian Luxman Ananda Wijemanna, Provincial Council Members Palitha Thevarapperuma, Kithsiri Kahatapitiya, Ajith P.Perera, Chairman of the Palindanuwara Pradeshiya Sabha Dhammika Ranasinghe, and Vice Chairman J.D. Udaya Gamini attended the meeting.