JVP accuses main parties of fielding bad eggsJVP top rung leaders at yesterday’s convention. Sitting from left MP Sunil Handunnetti, MP Bimal Ratnayake, General Secretary Tilvin Silva, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, trade union wing leader KD Lalkantha and MP Vijitha Herath
By Udara Karunadasa
v The JVP yesterday alleged that although the UNP and both factions of the SLFP contested the local government polls under different symbols they fielded corrupt candidates, sold state resources and robbed public wealth. Therefore, the only option for the voter was to vote for the JVP.
Addressing the national convention of the party local government election candidates at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the nomination lists of UNP, SLFP and SLPP comprised henchmen of their national level politicians in the respective districts.
Showing recent newspaper clippings which carried stories on bad conduct of local government authority members, the JVP leader said those members nominated by Ministers, MPs or the organisers of the party of the respective areas would carry out their personal agenda after the election.
UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked people to vote for them at the forthcoming poll to develop the country at the grassroots level, Dissanayake said, accusing the UNP of being responsible for the Central Bank bond scams, selling the Hambantota port to China etc.
“UNP leader Wickremesinghe’s policy is to sell public ventures. If people hand over villages to them this time, the UNP will definitely privatise the co-operative societies too,” he said.
Dissanayake said President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction of the SLFP was begging votes to re-unite the party, but it was not an important matter to the people.
The JVP leader alleged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had no moral right to ask people to vote for it as all corrupt persons who were responsible for crimes, robberies, raping women, engageing in child abuse were in the fray from their party.
The JVP leader asked the Elections Commission and public servants to commit themselves to conducting a free and fair election.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said UNP and two SLFP groups were still in a quandary over selecting persons to fill their nominations lists as crossovers were still in progress.
He said the JVP party had rejected offers by some rejects from the UNP and the SLFP to join it. “We selected our candidates based on several policies and our candidates too have to follow our Code of Conduct for the Local Government members,” Silva said, adding that his party had fielded a group of clean candidates countrywide.
JVP Central Committee member and former MP Ramalingam Chandrasekar also addressed the convention in Tamil.