“We have a better team to tackle the economy of the country who are better qualified and efficient than all the ministers who held the finance portfolio during the last three decades. Comrade Sunil Handuneththi, who has better qualifications, experience and dedication is better suited. We also have people like Comrade Wasantha Samarasinghe, Dr Anil Jayantha of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura who have the knowledge, ability and dedication to tackle the economy of the country. Comrade Namal Karunaratna, Dr Abeysinghe of Mapalana Faculty of Agriculture, Dr Sumith who did research and invented Basmathi rice in Sri Lanka and several researchers and scholars are with us to develop agriculture in the country. We also have such eminent teams to tackle all sectors such as fisheries, education, health, and environment. They are not only qualified in their fields, but have the experience and are prepared to dedicate themselves and work voluntarily without expecting any returns. As such, we have a team that is better than those who have administered the country until now. That’s why we ask for power for five years. We are definite that we can show development within the next five years. We could make this country a develped one and eradicate poverty so that people could lead a contented life. We call upon all the people to rally with us to make our country a prosperous and a righteous country.”
This was stated by the candidate of the National People’s Power (NPP) and Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayake speaking at a propaganda meeting held at Tissamaharamaya on the 2nd. A large crowd was present.