Ganeshan prepares for opposition rule in WP after March 29 poll

By Lal Gunasekera

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganeshan said that he was looking forward to an Opposition-run administration in the Western Provincial Council (WPC) after the elections on March 29.

Addressing election meetings over the weekend in the Colombo and Gampaha Districts for which the DPF is fielding candidates, Ganeshan said that he hoped for a post election alliance among all the Opposition parties to teach a good lesson to the UPFA government.

Claiming that the DPF was not a communal political party, he called upon the voters of Colombo and Gampaha Districts to cast their votes for the DPF, UNP, DP and JVP and not to vote for the UPFA or their proxies.

The SLMC and CWC contesting separately were led by cabinet ministers in Rauff Hakeem and Arumugam Thondaman and were being manipulated by the government for its own benefit, Ganeshan said.

Ganeshan said that the so-called rift between President Rajapaksa and Hakeem regarding the memorandum submitted to Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillai in Geneva was only an Election ‘gundu’ (trick) while the SLMC Leader was enjoying the privileges and perks of a Cabinet minister. "Hakeem tells the Muslim community that he is fighting for their rights, but forgets his community once elections are over", the DPF leader charged.

Ganeshan said that it was the same where the CWC Leader Thondaman was concerned as the latter, too, ignored the plantation workers of Indian and Tamil origin soon after polls.

Ganeshan asked why the SLMC and CWC were going it alone instead of contesting on the UPFA ticket. He said that the CWC election meetings were similar to those of the Opposition.

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