The National People’s Power (NPP) can come to power only with the contribution of the general public. We call upon the people to give us power at the presidential election. People have until now have attempted to change the rulers. They tried to make the rulers good people. Nevertheless, that attempt has not been successful. Now, people should change. People have to make that change themselves and build an administration to correspond to that change. We ask the people to begin this process by casting their vote to NPP on the 16th,” said the candidate of the NPP and Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayake.
He made the request speaking at a special media conference held by the NPP at Waters Edge, Battaramulla yesterday (4th).
Prof P.A. Jayantha Pasdunkoralage – Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Member of the Political Bueau of the United Left Front Mahinda Ratnayake, Chartered Accountant Dr Anil Jayantha Fernando – Senior Lecturer, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Senior Attorney at Law Harshana Nanayakkara, Former Ministry Secretary and Chairman of Delimitation Review Committee Mr Ashoka Peiris, Priyankara Ratnayake is a senior lecturer of the Department of Drama and Theatre and Image Arts of the University of Kelaniya, Specialist Dr Chrishantha Abeysinghe, University of Keelaniya, Senior Lecturer Dr Vijith Rohan Fernando, University of Kelaniya, the Secretary of the NPP Dr Nihal Abeysinghe – Community Medicine and former Chief Epidemiologist Ministry of Health, Dr Harini Amarasuriya – Senior Lecturer, faculty of Social Science, Sri Lanka Open University, Attorney at Law Miss Kaushalya Ariyaratne, Ms Rizana Simaz – Progressive Women’s Collective, Dr Anura Karunatilleke – Fac. of Science, University of Kelaniya, Mr Piyal Rajakaruna – Co-convener of Left Center, General Secretary of United Left Front Attorney at Law Lal Wijenayake, President of National Front for Good Governance Mr F. Ziraff Mazoor, Mr Muditha Nanayakkara – General Manager of Muditha Ceremics and Chairman of COPE Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi were present.
Speaking further Comrade Anura Dissanayake said, “We believe that the forthcoming presidential election could be a turning point for the country. The NPP held a massive rally at Galle Face on August 18th and told the people that it would contest the election and who would be its candidate. Since then we are travelling throughout the island, from village to village and town to town to meet the people and make them aware of why we are contesting.
It has been necessary to salvage the country from the eccentric political culture it has been dragged to by those who have ruled and are ruling this country and bring the society to an authentic situation. The low, disgusting political dialogue in Sri Lanka should be rescued. It could be done only by developing a political dialogue centred on political policies. We believe the country and the people could be rescued from the political precipice they have been pushed to only by developing such a dialogue on policies.”