The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the United National Party (UNP) of failing to protect the January 8 revolution.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the UNP and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had also turned their backs on a declaration they signed to ensure clean politicians are nominated to contest the August 17 election.
Silva said that during the 100 days it was in power, the UNP looked at strengthening its power and not protecting the mandate given on January 8 to President Maithripala Sirisena.
He said that the August 17 Parliament election takes place in the backdrop of President Maithripala Srisena also betraying the people by giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the election.
The JVP says it now has the responsibility, and so do the people, to ensure the January 8 revolution is protected on August 17.
Silva said that while both the UNP and UPFA have nominated some candidates who have allegations against their name to contest the Parliament election, the JVP has nominated candidates with a clean sheet.
“We have produced a list which can be accepted by the public. The JVP has given an ear to the public,” he added.
Silva said that the theme of the JVP at the August 17 Parliament election would be focused on a new beginning for the country and they are confident of securing several seats in Parliament.
He said that the JVP is the only political party contesting the election with proper principles and a clear policy.
The JVP launched its election campaign in Maharagama today and and will have at least 100 main election rallies around the island. (Colombo Gazette)