-Chamikara WEERASINGHE

The United People's Freedom Alliance's (UPFA)victory at the Provincial Council election in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Province goes to prove that people have rejected extremist politics that fan the flames of communalism, Foreign Employment and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera yesterday said.

He said the UPFA has won the three provinces in the background of extremist political campaigns that had been set forth by political parties, Tamil National Alliance and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress on communal lines.

“It is a stunning victory for the UPFA.

‘The opposition United National Party(UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have faced the phenomena of declining votes,” he said.

“The people have endorsed the policies of the government. They have demonstrated their confidence and faith in President Mahinda Rajapakaksa at this election, “he pointed out. “The UPFA has achieved tremendous success as a political party with its election victory. It has confirmed the emerging pattern of public acceptance and popularity of the party in the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces, “ he maintained.

‘Now that the election is over and they will have to serve those who voted for the party's victory as well. There can be no discrimination, “ Minister Perera said.

“The councilors are expected to work with members of all political parties, the UNP, the JVP and the TNA, to achieve the development goals in these areas. They must work to serve the public, which will be their task,” he added.

Source: http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/09/10/pol05.asp