The National People’s Power (NPP) lead by the alternative political camp enters future elections with an advance plan states the Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath. The JVP is a member of NPP.
The traditional political parties that are divided into the UNP, SLFP and SLPP are being rejected by the masses and the genuine alternative camp that would build the country has been already built said the Information Secretary of the JVP speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (22nd). Mr Herath said the real economic, social and political tribulation that torments masses could be defeated only by the NPP.
The programme for such a task has been compiled by the National Intellectuals Organization, one of the organizations attached to the NPP, and was presented to the society on 19th February.
Mr Herath said, “At the ‘Rally of the transition’ organized at Galle Face on the 18th by the NPP that consists of various political parties including the JVP, civil society organizations, intellectuals, professionals, artists we presented our candidate to the country. As the JVP, we thank all those who helped to make the rally a success. A large number of Sri Lankans all over the world joined the rally live. We thank them as well.
We, as the NPP, put forward a presidential candidate with a well thought up plan. We compiled a set of policies beforehand. A large number of intellectuals, professionals and artists participated in this task. At the moment people have started rejecting UNP, SLFP fronts. They have started despising Ranil – Maithri government. The need for a force with an alternative political policy has come up. The NPP is built to give political leadership to this alternative force. The NPP with its alternative economic policy will liberate the masses from the economic strain they are suffering from.
We launched the ‘Let’s build Sri Lanka’ series of policies on 19th February this year. It was presented by the NIO, which is a member organization of the NPP. We are contesting the forthcoming presidential election based on this series of policies. This series of policies include policies on education, health, IT, Agriculture, transport, fine arts, culture, Nation-building, responsibilities of citizens, foreign matters, national security, national unity, action against frauds and corruption. Certain political groups who got alarmed after the Galle Face rally have started slandering us. They say despite presenting a candidate no policies were presented. It is a baseless accusation. We presented the series of policies several months ago. We have now presented a candidate who can implement those policies. Now the people need not mark time. They should make the decision.
There should be a national policy to salvage the country from the economic precipice it has been pushed down to, to sate people’s hunger, find a solution for unemployment of youths, to solve the land issue, find solutions for political prisoners’ issue. The President alone cannot develop the country. State power is necessary to bring victory to the policies we have compiled. After the 19th amendment, the President doesn’t have executive powers. He cannot hold any ministerial portfolios. The President would be the commander of three services and would be able to appoint governors, diplomats etc. However, developing the country would be the task of the government. We saw this beforehand. This is why we had discussions for a long period, compiled the series of policies and a programme for the new government and presented it to the country. We came to Galle Face after discussing these policies and the programme with a large number of people and found the discussions successful. A large number of university professors, scholars, professionals, artists participated in compiling this set of policies and the programme. We also visited many areas in the country and had discussions with the masses.
After the Galle Face rally on the 18th, certain people have got excited. Political infants such as Gammanpila come out with various stories about the Galle Face rally. We do not take much notice of gags played by political humpty dumpies. We, representing the whole Sri Lankan Nation, marked the decisive juncture of building the country at Galle Face on the 18th. We took the giant step of transforming our country. Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, who has been presented as the presidential candidate of the NPP is a practical man who knows the heartbeat of the farmer, fisherfolk, youth, student and working masses, possesses political maturity and a person who has been engaged in active politics for a long period. We, with Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, are ready for the presidential election.
The Presidential election will be held in three months. There is no difference between the policies of the UNP and Rajapaksa camps. Thieving, waste, corruption are inherited traits of the two camps. Most of those around their candidates are convicts, criminals and those who have court cases pending against them. How can a people’s administration be formed with such wrongdoers? Are they capable of salvaging the country? Throughout the last seven years, they have proved they are unable to develop the country. The camp against these criminals is the NPP. The only alternative before the people is the NPP. We have a good policy and we have good political leadership to implement the policies. We call upon all progressives and those who cherish democracy to rally with us to bring victory to the people-friendly policies.”