25 September, 2020

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Harin To Be Proposed As UNP Deputy Leader Following His Phenomenal Success In Uva

Harin Fernando‘s phenomenal success in Uva has impressed UNP members and supporters into proposing his name for the Deputy Leadership position of the party instead of Sajith Premadasa, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

The record breaking number of preferential votes secured by Harin in Uva, which is traditionally a UPFA stronghold has earned him the praise of many and Colombo Telegraph learns that his name is due to be proposed for the Deputy Leadership position at the Working Committee meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday.

The decision to propose Harin’s name instead of Sajith has also been prompted as a result of Sajith’s attempts to sabotage the election campaign together with Raja Mahendran and Tiran Alles, were revealed.

Harin FHarin’s success in Uva meanwhile, was further proof of the major setback suffered by the UPFA at the Uva provincial polls that ended yesterday. He bagged the highest number of preferential votes – a total of 173,993 from the Badulla district in comparison to the 96,619 secured by UPFA candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa in the Moneragala district.

In comparison to the previous election, Shashindra’s voter base has depleted sharply this time as opposed to the 136,697 preferential votes he secured last time.

Despite securing a lead at the Uva provincial council polls, the overall results of the Uva PC polls proved disappointing for the UPFA particularly in areas where the party maintained a stronghold.

The final result of the Badulla district placed the UPFA in the lead with 209,056 votes (47.37%) that has won nine seats for the party. This however is a sharp decline in comparison to the 2009 provincial polls where the UPFA won a total of 259,069 votes, which marked a 67.79% bagging them 14 seats in the district.

The UNP however seems to have improved their stand in the Badulla district with 197,708 votes, which is a 44.79% that has secured eight seats for the party- quite outstanding in comparison to their performance in the province in 2009 where they managed to obtain only 98,635 votes which was a 25.81% that secured mere five seats.

The final result of the Moneragala district where the highest number of election related violence was reported from, the UPFA has still recorded a drop in people’s support in comparison to 2009 where 159, 837 votes (81.2%) were obtained in comparison to the 140, 850 (58.34%) voters bagged yesterday.

Accordingly, the UPFA has secured eight seats while the UNP has secured five in the Moneragala district.

Newly appointed leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake‘ JVP has bagged two seats with 36,580 votes in total while the Sarath Fonseka‘s Democratc Front failed to secure any seats despite expectations of a better performance. Meanwhile, despite Wimal Weerawansa‘s National Freedom Front contesting from the Badulla district seperately, they had failed to bag votes enough to secure any seats. 

The voter turnout for the Uva polls was a 60% and was held in 834 polling stations in Badulla and Moneragala. Despite the widespread violence during the campaigning period, in the Moneragala district the voter turn out was 70%.

Election monitoring body, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) stated that about 103 incidents were reported to them out of which 34 have been confirmed, to which includes 17 from Badulla and Moneragala districts each.

They noted that 12 acts of election related violence were reported yesterday to which included three incidents of firearms use in the areas of Viyaluwa, Haputale and Bandarawela by supporters of the ruling party in attempts to instill fear among voters.  Six persons had been injured during the clashes and have been hospitalised.

CaFFE also stated that ruling party supporters were also engaged in rallies including travelling in motorcades and arriving and election centers, attempting to influence voters.

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  • 19
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    Good idea, he has done something unlike Sajith, the pseudo LSE degree holder.

    Not a good week for Dayan if this also comes true on the heels of his king doing badly at the polls.

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      Good idea.It is time that the UNP gets rid of that pompous fool Sajith.

      One more thing, give Ranil time, he will destroy Harin in the same manner that he did it for Dayasiri.His uncle JRJ destroyed the UNP now the nephew will repeat performance.

      Ranil will never recognise talent.He and sajith must be having the daggers hidden, they will come out when Harin’s name is proposed.

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    I knew it, the current mafia in the UNP will never give Sajith’s due place in the UNP. I am not surprised if they appoint Harin as the deputy leader of the UNP.

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      Very Good. Chase Sajith and Ranil both out and appoint Harin as the leader of the UNP. Harin has the best chance of becoming the UNP President, next year.

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        Great. There we go again.

        UNP will soon break into 3 factions. Ranil, Sajith and now Harin in the fray. Each trying to unseat the other.

        Wow! Way to go guys!

        Rajapassa clan can soon look forward to a new term with unlimited Presidential powers. Despite the humiliating setback in Uva.

        What a joke!

        All those in the opposition who put their undeserved personal ambitions before country qualify for public lashing on Galle Face Green. Already this Friday. Should they dare to turn up.

        Cheers!

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          Ben Hurling, you have hit the jack pot.First to be whipped should be Sajith then Ranil

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    What a foolish decision.

    They always keep Sajith away. No wonder UNP is going from defeat to defeat.

    Namal helped Harin because they are close friends. Harin is Namal’s man. Namal and his cousin Shashindra are not friendly.

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    Harin Fernando to successfully replacement for Deputy Leader of UNP that instead of Sajith P……most popular person in among UNP Leadership .

  • 5
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    You deserve it Harin. YOu put your self out there, unlike Sajith who works for Rajapakse. Let him join Rajapakse, you have proved beyond doubt that you are much stronger than Sajith. Who needs Sajith you are the Deputy Leader.

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    What could have happened if all PC elections were held on the same day?

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    So all avatars of the GOV and also some Sajith backers are here in full force to defecate all over this remarkable turn around of the UNP at this election. You also defecate on the man most deserving of praise for his courageous battle to win the most preferential votes and also propel the UNP to this achievement. If there is anybody in the UNP that deserves recognition it is Harin period. Also, what a great leader RW has been to put up with all the attempts to unravel his party and survive to win the day. His balancing act to keep it together is a stunning performance worthy of a maestro.

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    Great Idea. Kudos to the members/ leaders who recognized that. Sajith is just like a pus vedilla( a dead cannon) trying to glow in his late father glory. He is a corrupt, impatient dump spoiled brat, who had never completed his studies. Nor has achieved anything personally or galvanized the party. Harin will be a great organizer and he is smart politicaly savvy, has good PR skills and has a good vision for the Party. Out of all, he has a great Charisma that can iron out all the PR skills that Ranil lacks. He will be great at delivering the message to voters clearly. It will be a good slap for impatient DayaSorry too.

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    I hope these people are not serious . Harin Fernando did well , but he has to prove himself over a period of time . Hope he does not use his success as a bargaining tool to oust Sajith .

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    Tell Ranil to piss off. He has shown himself to be a spineless, maudlin leader. I do wish Sajith could get his act together. If both he and Harin can work well together, instead of being at daggers drawn, the UNP will be a force to be reckoned with.

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      Only way RW will vacate when MR. has no use for him period.

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    It is just, Harin seems to have high qualities.

    I have no doubt, that many feel like that towards his way politics. Young smart politician is not comparable to any lowlevel ones weighing in UPFA bunch.

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    Harin, Word of advice,
    You have plenty of time to be the deputy leader, Do not eat the bait. Work with both Ranil and Sajith and bring up the UNP.

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      Yeah, he will make it. He has qualities that others seem to have no even though they are all seniors. I have no doubt, this Harin will make a history of lanken politics. Young chap, his arguments are almost the same as of JVPers. The young man seems to have all guts to go against crimes and abuses. That makes me and the many like him much. I really like the way he has been. No Sajith or others in the party except RW have uncorrupted features.

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      Good advice take the time,case in point popular MR. cool Harvard constitutional lawyer community organizer Obama got elected without experience impressing people with rousing speeches and audacity of hope rhetoric even received the Nobel for piece now been hit on the head by the Nobel and mugged by IS.

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