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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Defeating terrorism is a hidden agenda behind this PC election results

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 25 August, ( The long-awaited Provincial Council elections for the North Central and Sabaragamamuwa Provinces are over. The Government party has won the two Provincial Council defeating the Opposition. It has witnessed bloodshed as well as damage to the property of not only the politicians but also of the civilians who sincerely supported them.

It is a fact that the Government used it s all the power and authority to win the elections.

It was an issue of life and death for the Government and the Opposition since one side was supporting the war with the LTTE and the other which was leaned to peace also inclined to the battle to win the elections.

It is also a fact that whether the war with the LTTE has any significance with the elections to the Provincial al Councils. It is purely a matter of the people living in the particular province- that includes - their standard of living, education, welfare, health services and other factors that affects their day to day life.

However, the scenario in Sri Lanka is vastly different from other Asian countries as it pulls down the national issue to peripheral levels.

It is also a fact that some of the areas that are under the North Central Province were affected by terrorism. It is no doubt that the majority of the Sinhala speaking population wanted to secure their safety and protection from terrorism and voted for the government which says that it is committed to wipe out terrorism that ruined the country for more than a two decades.

Although the battle among the Blues, Greens and Reds are over, the cursed Preferential Vote System, which would create frictions among the own Party members is not over. It May take one or two days for the final, but the animosity it breeds would never cease.

The failure of the United National Party and the People’s Liberation Front is also an important factor to be considered.

We have to compare the previous elections with the present one to draw a line.

Most of the UNP parliamentarians elected at the elections joined with the Government. The People's Liberation Front, i.e. JVP also have been divided into two groups. Although the former President Mrs. Kumaratunge supported the UNP leader Ranil was not able to succeed in any elections except one.

In Sri Lanka it has become a fact that whether Right and Left is not a question any longer as the politics is divided between the two groups with the demise of two left parties, the LSSP and the CP.

The Government side could be proud of its success in the elections, but the cost of living and other problems faced by the people may be in the agenda of the future elections which should be the attention of the government.

The SLFP and its allied parties would like to Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe is in the helm of the United National Party as it would be beneficial for them.

However, the time has come for UNP to change the leadership so as if not only to lead the country but also be a good Opposition.

- Asian Tribune -

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