The war victory euphoria will not last long and the government would have to eventually face reality and bread and butter issues, at national elections which are said will be held soon, the UNP said yesterday.
Galle District UNP MP, Vajira Abeywardena, addressing a news conference in Colombo, said that the economy was facing a serious crisis, with factories closing down at a rapid rate, joblessness increasing and the cost of living skyrocketing.
`Bread and butter issues will dominate national polls and not the war victory. It would be a different story, if a free and fair election is conducted at 14,000 polling booths countrywide.`
All political parties, he said had contributed to the defeat of the LTTE, but one person has taken the credit and was flaunting it, as if nothing else mattered.
Responding to questions, he said that the UNP could name its Presidential candidate, only after the election was announced.
Asked about the possibility of a common opposition candidate, or a third candidate, Abeywardena said that it was to early to comment on that.
He recalled how Ossie Abeywardena as the third candidate obtained over 200,000 votes, which helped Ranasinghe Premadasa become President. `There are various possibilities in politics and things can change pretty fast.`