- Published on Thursday, 19 April 2012 12:01
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Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party is in a dilemma on holding their May Day rally, although it was announced that the May Day rally will be held in Jaffna.
The Southern Provincial Councilor Maithri Gunaratne has said that the party is making an effort not to hold its May Day rally in Jaffna as previously planned by citing alleged pressure by the government. He told a press conference yesterday that the UNP was now looking at ways to avoid holding the May Day rally in Jaffna after realizing that party supporters were not going to attend the meeting as planned and some party seniors are looking to avoid the rally.
He noted that some senior party members were threatening party organizers to bring people for the rally in Jaffna. He said that it is highly unlikely that the government to hamper plans by the UNP to hold a May Day rally in Jaffna. The provincial councilor said therefore, there are doubts over the statement made by UNP MP and Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga to the effect that there was a security threat in holding the party's May Day rally in Jaffna.
He pointed out that the people were in need of a strong opposition since the current opposition has been made ineffective by some members in the UNP. Therefore, he said that all those who want a strong opposition should join the pro-reformists on May 1st to commemorate the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa's death anniversary falling on that day. (niz)