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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

JHU says Mahinda is set to become president

[b]JHU says Mahinda is set to become president[/b]

By our Colombo Correspondent

[b]Colombo, 19 September ( [/b]According to Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party, SLFP Presidential candidate, Mahinda Rajapakse, whom they support, is billed to win the forthcoming elections and they can prove it through simple arithmetic while seeking some hardy control in the North and the East by the government during the elections.

Explaining their calculations of how this will happen, JHU Legal Advisor, Udaya Gammanpila told the “Asian Tribune” that during the last election UPFA and JHU both secured 51.6 percent of the total votes. “The UPFA and the JHU both campaigned against the memorandum of understanding between Ranil Wickramasinghe and Prabhakaran of the LTTE at the last election, where UPFA had 45.6 percent of the votes, backed by the leftist JVP, who were also campaigning for the same cause, whereas the JHU secured six percent. Meanwhile the UPFA had the JVPers in the forefront. Campaigning for them at the last election as well,” he explained.

Clarifying further, he said that unlike the JHU, UPFA had two broad groups of voters. “There was a section who voted because of their nationalist feelings and some voting due to the UNP's failed economic policy during their last government”. He said that there is a slight chance that some voters may move away from the UPFA, because of the present economic situation in the country, but it will off-set if the North and the East votes are ‘set right’.

“The votes obtained by the TNA during the last election are heavily inflated because unlike in 2001, when they got nearly three hundred thousand votes from the North and the East, in 2004, it was doubled to six hundred thousand, which is ‘absolutely’ impossible”.

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