JVP challenges Mervyn Silva to fulfil his pre-election promise

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) secretary Vijitha Herath challenged Minister Mervyn Silva to resign his newly-won MP post in the Gampaha district as his prediction had been proved wrong.

He told The Island that Mervyn Silva had commented before the April 8 poll that the JVP would not win a single seat and even Herath would lose in the Gampaha district.

"He made this comment when Parliament met last week to approve the emergency regulations. Mervyn Silva has been proved wrong. The JVP, which is a partner of the DNA, won five seats in Parliament and another on the National List. I won in Gampaha District with 50,967 votes. Now Silva, should keep to his promise and resign forthwith if he (Silva) has got any self-respect yet remaining. The people of this country will be happy if he does resign," said Vijitha Hearth.

"If Mervyn Silva has got any self-respect remaining in him, he will resign from his seat which he won in the Gampaha district with 151,085 votes to finish third on the UPFA list behind Basil Rajapaksa (425,861) and Mrs. Sudharshini Fernandopulle (186,140)," said Herath.

The JVP, which had 39 seats in the previous Parliament, is now left with five seats after Thursday’s polls.

Detained DNA Leader General (Rtd.) Sarath Fonseka won in Colombo District with 98,456 votes together with Sunil Handunhetti (78,126). Ajith Kumara won in the Galle District with 15,872 votes, while former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Arjuna Ranatunga won in the Kalutara District with 27,792 votes.

Among the JVP heavyweights that failed to enter Parliament on April 8 elections were trade unionist Lal Kantha, Wasantha Samarasinghe and Ranaweera Pathirana from the Anuradhapura District, Nihal Galapaththi and Nihal Jayaweera from the Hambantota District, Chandrasena Wijesinghe and Thilakaratne from the Galle District, Sujatha Alahakoon from Matale District, Bimal Rathnayake and Namal Karunaratne from the Kurunegala District.

Former Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake has been nominated by the DNA on the national list.

"We had only about a month to conduct our campaign," Herath said.

"Our leader General Sarath Fonseka received such a big mandate through a proxy as he could not utter a word due to his illegal detention by the UPFA government. He won in Colombo to enter Parliament and his voice will never be silenced. The JVP will continue with the DNA and continue the struggles against this tyranny," he added.

Jayantha Ketagoda said the DNA candidates faced a lot of personal mud-slinging during the campaign and Colombo District has given their support to the DNA to restore democracy etc and secure the release of General Fonseka.

He thanked the voters in Kaduwela and in the outskirts of Colombo for their trust and faith in the DNA and commented that this was not a free and fair election by any chance.

Nawa Sihala Urumaya’s Manamendra said the DNA was formed by seven political parties within a short period amidst many obstacles and that they would carry on with the programme started.

He urged the government to develop the country and provide immediate relief to the people.

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