Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, requested the voters to give them the power at the upcoming local government elections to show how local councils can be developed.
Information Secretary of the JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP yesterday said the party will present a program to build the village and the town under a JVP administration.
“We ask the masses in this country to give the power of the local councils to the JVP to show how they could be developed,” Herath said recalling how they developed Tissamaharama when they had the power in the Tissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha for two terms in the early 2000’s
Herath pointed out that Tissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha was chosen as the best local council in the island and it maintained this position every year and the JVP was elected to rule the Pradeshiya Sabha for the second time in 2006.
He said the government is misleading the people when they say the ruling party should be given the power in the local council to develop it
“It is a blatant lie. We, of the JVP, have shown how a local council could be developed without the power of the government,” he said.
MP Herath claimed that all groups, the UNP, SLFP Maithri faction and SLFP Mahinda faction have been accused of frauds and corruption. But the JVP has been able to present teams of candidates who are free from any crime and anti-social activities.
He said the JVP nomination lists contain professionals including doctors and engineers, artists, farmer leaders, leaders of fishermen’s organizations, representatives from women’s and youths organizations without any religious or communal bias.
The JVP leader pointed out that most of the other parties made mistakes when handing over nomination papers. He said Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former minister prof. G.L. Peiris is the biggest loser with 11 of its nominations lists getting rejected.
“G.L. Peiris, said to be a legal expert could not prepare nomination papers correctly and had 6 of them rejected and the same mistake was repeated a second time and got 5 of them rejected,” Herath noted.
The JVP Information Secretary asked the people to defeat all these “pseudo-patriots” and make this a decisive election to elect a clean administration that would develop the village and the town.
“We also ask the masses to rally with the JVP to move along the path towards development,” he said.