The Uva Provincial Council election will see another great victory for the UPFA. The Muslims too will make a major contribution towards this victory, Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie said adding that Shashendra Rajapaksa will be the Uva Chief Minister for a second time on September 21. He said no Muslim candidate has been fielded by the UPFA in Uva. “We did not nominate a Muslim candidate in keeping with the brotherhood, comradeship and fellowship between both ethnic groups. Muslims will support the government at this election,” he said.
The Senior Minister was addressing the UPFA press conference at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo yesterday.
Senior Minister Fowzie said Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dilan Perera, Vijith Vijithamuni Soyza and former Chief Minister Shashendra Rajapaksa have a very good understanding of the aspirations of the Muslims.
“They work for and represent the Muslims. Therefore, there was no need for a Muslim member to represent the Muslims. Muslims will vote to usher in the victory of the government. We do not want to destroy the brotherhood between Sinhalese and Muslims,” he added.
Even if there is a 75 percent voter turn out, there is no possibility of a Muslim candidate being elected either from the UPFA or UNP. the Senior Minister said.
He said Muslim voters will turnout in strength to confirm the victory of the government. The final meetings of the UPFA election campaign will be held in Mahiyanganaya in Badulla and Wellawaya in Monaragala, Minister Susil Premajayanth said.
A number of projects were declared open in Badulla and Monaragala districts during the past few days under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A large number of people participated in these events, he said.
Many rural villages in the area have been developed and transport facilities have also been improved enabling the people to visit the Bandarawela and Nuwara-Eliya towns within a short time, Minister Premajayantha said.
Benefits have also been provided to the health and education sectors. Seven Mahindodaya Laboratories were set up in the Welimada area too. All infrastructure facilities that have been provided for Colombo can be seen in these areas too, he said.
Minister Pramajayantha said people were today free to cast their vote unlike in 1989 when voters were punished with death.
Youth Affairs and Skill Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said with the completion of the third phase of Norochcholai, there will be no interruption to the power supply even if there is a drought for 365 days.