Sarath Fonseka to form opposition alliance on Oct. 18
Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said yesterday that he would form a ‘united opposition alliance’ in the hope of unseating the government soon. The alliance’s inaugural rally will be held in Colombo on October 18.
UNP MPs Palitha Range Bandara, Palitha Thewarapperuma, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Provincial Council members Shiral Laktilake and Maithri Gunatilake have already decided to join this opposition alliance. Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and eminent Buddhist monk Ven. Maduluvawe Sobhitha Thera are also in the alliance.
Mr. Fonseka told the Daily Mirror in an interview that he could not wait till another general election is declared to defeat this government.
He said the country’s economy had declined today to the lowest level and that the people had lost faith in the judicial procedures.
“We have realized today that there is a corrupt government run by a corrupt ruler. It is like a tyrannical regime. The country’s economy is going down. Corruption is rampant. It has never been like that. There is no justice in the country. Likewise, education and health sectors are collapsing. The business community is complaining. They have to give bribes and ransom to get things done. Therefore, we cannot wait till another general election is declared to unseat this government. We have to throw out the government as fast as possible,” he said.
He said he would not talk about the leader of this alliance to avoid what he called ‘unnecessary problems’.
He also said he had applied for the registration of a political party for himself. (Kelum Bandara)