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MR fires damaging first salvo against UNP, SLFP, JVP in run-up to LG polls



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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday fired a broadside at the UNP, SLFP and JVP for working hand in glove to promote all anti-democratic and anti-national causes.

Text of Rajapaksa’s statement: Nominations have now been accepted for the local government elections which had been delayed by nearly three years due to the government’s fear of the voting public. Even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because this is the first time the people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to demonstrate their opposition to the present government. The only election held previously under the so called yahapalana government was the parliamentary election of August 2015. The president ensured the victory of the UNP at that election through stratagems such as issuing public statements to destablise the UPFA election campaign and by sacking the general secretaries of the SLFP and the UPFA on the eve of the poll. Thereby the message that was conveyed to the whole country was that since it is the President who calls the shots, the UNP will ultimately end up triumphant even if they lose the election.

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