The Police must work with a conscience
The UNF would win the April 8 election if it was held in a free and fair manner unlike the Presidential Election of Jan. 26,` Rosy Senanayake told The Island in an exclusive interview yesterday.
`Our Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has appealed to the Elections Commissioner and his staff to work with dedication and a clear conscience to do what is correct to enable future generations to live in a democratic environment enjoying economic prosperity,` she said.
Rosy, who is the Western Provincial Council Opposition Leader said: `Nations must live with dignity. The Police, too, must work with a clear conscience. Our franchise was robbed from us on January 26. If I speak to 100 people, 80 say they voted for the UNF and the Common Candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka. It was not a free and fair election and it is yet on the minds of the people. Unless the government did something similar to that of January 26, the UPFA, has no chance of winning on April 8.
`We request the public to join hands with us, be vigilant, ensure the safety of ballot boxes, protect the polling booths and also the counting centres. Its the nation s responsibility to safeguard our franchise.`
She said Sri Lanka had become a country where mothers could not give their children one square meal a day and were throwing their children into rivers and even forcing them into slavery and prostitution.
Mrs. Senanayake said that she was certain that the UNF would win Colombo District with a massive majority. She said: `The people can see and feel the hardships. President Rajapaksa has not fulfilled a single promise he made during the January 26 Presidential Election campaign. Not even the pay hike promised to government servants has been granted. The UPFA is not fielding a single female candidate in the Colombo District. Two months have passed since his so-called re-election, but not a single promise has been implemented.`
She said she wondered where all the money that the government borrowed at high interest rates had gone as there was no investment in any of the vital sectors such as education and health.
She said the rule of law had manifestly collapsed and the law of the jungle prevailed. There was no media freedom. Sirasa/MTV, which did not toe the government line had been attacked over and over again, Ms Senanayake said. The latest incident had occurred on Monday (March 22) and everyone knew who was behind it. Journalists were threatened attacked, abducted and killed.
`Is this democracy?` Mrs. Senanayake asked.