Oct 12, Colombo: The National People's Power (NPP) has entered the presidential race with the leadership of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Dissanayake to bring forward a new political leadership that would build and protect the country and the symbol that would guide the country and people on the correct path is the 'Compass', the Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said.
“We have entered the forthcoming presidential election to direct the country that has been taken astray on a correct path, and the symbol that takes the country along the correct path is the 'compass'," Herath said adding that the people in the country could be assured regarding accountability and responsibility and the front that competes under the 'compass' symbol displays to make this society a virtuous one.
The JVP parliamentarian said throughout last 71 years the country was ruled by the SLFP and UNP governments dragging the country to an 'economic precipice' and even after the two parties got together there was no change.
"Our country has been dragged to this economic precipice by the UNP and SLFP regimes," he said.
Herath said there is no need for family rule and people have asked for an alternative political leadership. With the presidential election on 16th November, the future political path of the country will be decided.
The JVP MP observed that the SLFP that was "in the doldrums" until recently couldn't decide where to turn and finally decided to tow the SLPP line joining the Rajapaksa family rule.
"What happened was that the SLFP joined the Rajapaksa family rule. Bandaranayake family rule was transformed into Rajapaksa family rule. As a result, the genuine SLFP party member does not have a political party to identify himself with. The SLFP has already dissolved and faded in the Rajapaksa family rule."
MP Herath emphasized that whichever party comes to power, their policies will be the same. "Both these groups should take the responsibility of taking the country towards instability and anarchy politically and economically. They should be held responsible for the destruction of our country."
Speaking of the NPP's election campaign Herath said NPP has already begun the election campaign with the inaugural rally at Thambuttegama on the 8th, a day after handing over the nominations, and 50 such national rallies headed by candidate Anura Dissanayake will be held across the island.
"We have arranged to hold two or three rallies in certain towns. Our propaganda campaign has been planned from the beginning to the end, taking into consideration the geographical features in districts. It has been decided to hold national rallies covering all areas including the North, the East and the South. Also, more than 250 meetings where leaders of the organizations attached to NPP participate have been already arranged. Also, 3425 pocket meetings have been planned to be held at the village level. Our campaign will also include small groups visiting homes, canvassing, distributing leaflets and making available an abridged copy of the election manifesto of our movement."
According to MP Herath, the NPP is already carrying out house meetings, use 'Skype' technology to make Sri Lankans in foreign countries aware of their policies and the campaign. A series of meetings to address lawyers, women, and teachers of private institutions has been arranged.
The NPP hopes to launch their election manifesto at Waters Edge at Battaramulla on the 26th of this month. Before that policies on several sectors, including education, health, transport, environment, national unity, culture, agriculture will be presented.
The policy on education will be presented first at Waters Edge on the 14th at 10.00 a.m. The policy of health will be launched at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on the 15th. Intellectual and professional groups related to the sectors will participate.
The policy of the environment will be presented at Udawalawe on the 17th. The policy on agriculture will be presented at Gannoruwa in Kandy.
"By the 26th of this month, we will have presented the whole election manifesto to the people," Herath said adding that arranegements have been made to distribute the manifesto by groups going from house to house.
"By carrying out this propaganda campaign, we would carry on our campaign against the defunct propaganda policy of the greens and blues and embark on a new political journey with a new political vision to bring victory to the 'Candidate of Hope' of the National People's Power (NPP)," he stressed.