Feb. 10 slap hard enough to burst govt.’s eardrum – Ganesan


By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leader Minister Mano Ganesan told a media conference in Kandy over the weekend that the February 10 local government election outcome was a thundering slap which was hard enough to burst the government’s eardrum.

Asked for his observations on the local government election results, Minister Ganesan said he agreed with Minister Champika Ranawaka, who had likened it to a slap on the government.

Minister Ganesan said that a government should work for the benefit of the people. The present government had not allowed efficient people to work.

He said, "Our party does not work alone. We are working in tandem. Digambaran and Radhakrishnan are our assets. We work together. We are not straddling the fence like Thondaman."

Expressing his views regarding the local government election Minister Ganesan said the electoral system was a mess. He said the proportional representation system was better, as it allowed the people to elect the representatives they wanted.

Ganesan said that in Colombo Rosy Senanayake could work on her own, but she could not ignore his eleven members. She needed their support as in the Colombo Municipal Council the UNP had 60 members and others had fifty nine among them. The difference was one member for the ruling party.

Ganeshan said it was too early to announce whether his party would go it along at the forthcoming provincial council elections or not.

It would be decided at the correct moment, he added.

S. Velu Kumar, M. P. was also present at the media briefing.

The minister addressed the media after attending a meeting of his party supporters.

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