Chilly Colombo would be warmed up in a few weeks time says the Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP K.D. Lal Kantha at a ceremony held at Maharagama to open a co-ordinating office of the party. Mr. Lal Kantha has been named as the chief ministerial candidate of the JVP for the forthcoming Western Provincial Council election.
Speaking further Mr. Lal kantha said, “Colombo warms up from agitations carried out by those who come from outside. There is no other city that suffers from more issues than Colombo. Some think Colombo is Viharamahadevi Park, Parliament, Kollupitiya and Bambalapitiya. Colombo is not a place paved with concrete slabs only. There is a big division within Colombo. A large amount of money earned by masses is being grabbed by a small minority. There are many issues confronted by people living in different sections of Colombo city. However, masses living in these sections do not fight to win their rights. As such, people in Colombo too should be rallied around a center that gives leadership for people’s struggles. One intention of the opening of this coordinating office is to have such a center. We hope to establish such centers of people’s struggles at several places in Colombo soon.
Some say the JVP has retreated. We have given ground only in the election front. However, we are carrying on struggles in several fronts. We are the only ones present in the struggle fronts.
An election expresses people’s opinion only. What is important to us is the people’s power. Our intention is to empower masses. We would endeavour to make the programme to empower masses successful and bring victories to people.
We, as the JVP, aspire for Socialism. We have an understanding and make it our responsibility to usher the masses to Socialism.
The central government levy taxes from the top and local councils levy taxes from the bottom. Severe issues come up regarding the services of public institutions that have been denied to the masses.
The per capita income in our country is said to be US$3000. According to this every citizen should get US$250 monthly which is nearly Rs.32500. If there are four members in a family the family should receive Rs.130,000. But they do not get this money. If so this money should be somewhere. It is neither in ministries nor in local councils. It hasn’t come to the village or the town making the gap between the have and have-nots wider.
The gap between the village and the town has grown wider. As a result struggles have cropped up throughout the country. We would make this place a center to fight for people’s rights and agitations.
As long as people’s power is absent representatives who are elected with people’s opinion throw away people’s opinion and carry out only what they want. As there is no people’s power people are helpless. Only people’s power could put things right for the people. As such people’s power should be built. This is what we are introducing to the people.
We would make chilly Colombo warmed up in a week or two. The issues confronted by the people in Colombo city should be identified and a struggle should be started to find solutions for them. The struggle should be taken forward to the Parliament as well. We have ample resources for that.
The people would be soon confronted with the consequences of the colossal amount of money wasted by the government recently. CHOGM has concluded and the visitors enjoyed their stay and have gone. The people will have to shoulder the burden.
The people need a strong political leadership. We are prepared to fill this vacuum. We would begin another front of struggle from Colombo. This is its beginning.