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Last updated: 16 March, 2005 - Published 19:49 GMT
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Majority UPFA votes ours - JVP
Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Somawansa Amarasinghe declared that more than half of the votes received by the United Peoples Front Alliance belongs to the JVP.

"People rejected UNP and voted for JVP, because people want credible, uncorrupted and good people to govern this country," claimed Amarasinghe referring to the general election held in 2004.

JVP leaders
Wimal Weerawansa, Somawansa Amarasinghe and Ramalingam Chandrashekar

According to Amarasinghe since 1948 political changes in Sri Lanka has not done any good.

Addressing supporters in a meeting held at Municipal Grounds, Colombo on Wednesday to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Colombo Branch of the JVP, Amarasinghe said that Sri Lanka is getting back on the right track.

If Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickramasinghe's United National Party seize the power it will not be easy to get it back for another 15 years, warned Amarasinghe.

He assured that he will retire from politics "when time comes", and will not continue to lead the party from a wheel chair, an apparent reference to late Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike.

Accusing journalists for trying to destabilise the political harmony of the UPFA, Amarasinge cautioned that journalists who tell lies will be punished.

Meanwhile Ven Hadungamuwe Nandarathne Thero, the Buddhist monk who initiated a sit down protest in Trincomalee against improper distribution of tsunami relief said that JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa is trying to push the country towards war.

He was responding to allegations made by Weerawansa on Tuesday that the protesting monk, Tamil Tigers and Non Governmental Organisations are aiming to divide the country.

The monk and his student monks in protest was joined on Wednesday by Ven Rotawala Nandarama Thero of Velankulama, Trincomalee.

Ven Nanadarma alleged that the police destroyed temporary shelters built in his temple premises.

However speaking to Sandeshaya Deputy Inspector General of Police, Eastern Province Neville Wijesinghe denied the claim.

People who built the temporary shelters said they can prove that China Bay Police has destroyed them.

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