Some of the UPFA politicians who pledged support to the common Opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena during the week have expressed grave concerns regarding their safety just hours after announcing their decision.
Former Chairman of the Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha, Prasanna Solangaarachchi speaking to the media last night revealed that he has received information about a plot to kill him and his wife and added the government should take full responsibility if such a fate was to befall him.
He said that since he announced his decision, he has been followed by individuals who appeared to be from the STF and added they had destroyed his cutouts that were deplayed before his residence. Solanagaarachchi also added that he has also received information that plans are being laid out by the government to arrest him under false accusations.
Similar fears were expressed by Western provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra- daughter of slain SLFP stalwart Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
She said her security has been withdrawn and her officials vehicles have been taken away.
“When I was with them, I was given every possible facility. But the moment I announced my decision, I am deprived even of my entitled benefits as a Provincial Councillor,” she said.
Solangaarachchi won the highest number of preferential votes during the last local government elections while Hirunika topped the preferential votes list in the Colombo district during the recently held provincial council polls.