UPFA plagued by intra-party attacks

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Intra-party conflicts continue to plague the UPFA in the run-up to the three provincial council elections scheduled for Sept. 21.

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) yesterday said that the house of a UPFA candidates’ supporter had been attacked by a group belonging to the same party.

CaFFE executive director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that the house of person supporting Dayasiri Jayasekara, Salinda Dissanayake and Jayarathne Herath had been attacked.

He said that the victim W. Mudiyanse Wanninayake had told them that he supported candidates Dayasiri Jayasekara, Piumal Herath, the son of minister Jayaratne Herath and Manjula Dissanayake, the wife of Minister Salinda Dissanayake.

He has told CaFFE: "Around 2.00 a.m. a vehicle stopped in front of my house and asked me to come out. Those who arrived threw stones at my house and broke all the windows. I didn’t open the door."

CaFFE has observed that two groups of UPFA candidates are becoming increasingly antagonistic to each other. One group was led by Minister Johnston Fernando and Indika Bandaranayake while the other by Dayasiri Jayasekara, Piumal Herath and Manjula Dissanayake, Tennakoon said. Supporters of the Fernando - Bandaranayake faction had earlier attacked a person campaigning for Manjula Dissanayake and offices of Jayasekara, Tennakoon said, adding that his organisation reported the incident to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya.

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