Gen Fonseka vows to make DP the second political force


by Dasun Edirisinghe

Democratic Party leader Gen. Sarath Fonseka yesterday vowed to make his party the second force in the local political arena, claiming that it had already taken third place.

Addressing a gathering, after presenting appointment letter to his party’s electoral organisers and candidates for the forthcoming provincial council elections, the former army commander said that more than the government, it was the Opposition which feared his party.

Citing an example from Pakistan, Fonseka said that the present opposition, led by former cricketer Imran Khan, had started out with only one member in parliament and in a few years it had become the main Opposition.

"Likewise, the DP also expects to go on its political journey with the support of the people," he said.

Fonseka said that people were fed up with the present political trends and that was the reason he decided to form a separate party that would usher in a new political culture.

He said that last Friday’s harassment of a teacher by a North-Western Provincial Council member showed the level to which today’s politicians, especially those of the ruling UPFA, have stooped down to.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s call to the victim teacher and his promise to ensure that justice would be done, also proved that there was no justice in the country, Fonseka alleged.

"If someone wants justice, the President would have to order it," he said adding that they would fight for a harassment free country for all.

The DP presented 100 electorate organiser posts and provincial council candidates with letters of appointment at the ceremony.

DP Deputy Leader, Colombo District MP Jayantha Ketagoda, also addressed the gathering at the Solis Hall Pitakotte.

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