Dec 14, Colombo: Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake, reminding the situation in the past, pledged that the United National Party will hold a fair and peaceful election and invited the people to join the party for a fair election.
The Minister made these comments while participating in the submission of nominations for the Pasgoda, Malimboda, Hakmana Pradeshiya Sabha and Weligama Urban Councils in Matara District and in paying the deposit for the Pitabeddara, Kotapola Pradeshiya Sabhas in Matara district today (14th).
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera and Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana were among those who attended the event.
Speaking at the event, Minister Ratnayake said two years ago the UNP submitted nominations and commenced to build the country.
"As a district, we acted in a very responsible manner in Matara. It was because of the success of our work that we started then, the environment for the people of this country to live in a fair manner was created. We hope to continue the same success to build the economic foundation of the people," the Minister said.
He said the UNP is seeking the victory with the local governments to continue to strengthen the people's economic situation while strengthening the village.
The Minister stressed that the people should use their rights to elections peacefully without the killing and clashes that were so rampant two years ago during the previous regime.
He said some have forgotten the atmosphere prevailed in the past before this government came to power and similarly some have forgotten about the people who got rich through contracts.
"I tell the people not to forget about the place where the country was two years ago," the Minister said.
"Our hope is to build a fair society where people can raise their heads in a just and equitable manner," Minister Sagala Ratnayake said.