Transport and Civil Aviation Deputy Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe said in Kandy, on Friday (15), that there would be no Provincial Councils elections this year and only a presidential election would be held.
After calling on the prelate of Asgiriya most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratna Thera Deputy, Minister Abeysinghe told the media, in Kandy, that the UNP would field a common candidate from the UNF at the next presidential election.
The UNP-led government during the past four years had done sufficient work to the satisfaction of the people and the party’s victory at the forthcoming presidential election was certain, Abeysinghe said.
Responding to media Abeysinghe denied the allegation that the UNP had betrayed war heroes in Geneva or in Sri Lanka. However, anyone acting in violation of the law of the country would be dealt with, according to the law, he said.
“We will never harass the war heroes who crushed the LTTE terrorism”, Abeysinghe said.
Abeysinghe said his ministry headed by Arjuna Ranatunga had adopted several measures to improve the public transport system. A large number of new buses would be imported and new carriages and power sets added to the rolling stock, he added.
A new railway track between Kurunegala and Habarana would be constructed, Abeysinghe. he said he and Minister Ranatunga had visited the Mahanyake Thera of Asgiriya to discuss the need to acquire part of the land belonging to Asgiriya Maha Vihare for the construction of the new railway line to Habarana from Kurunegala.
Minister Ranatunga responding to media said that there were no complaints from the people though the Opposition made a hue and cry about the budget.
The people would enjoy the benefits of the Budget proposals with the next two or three months, Minister Ranatunga said.
The Minister blamed the current situation on those groups that had caused obstruction to the yahapalana government last year.