I am the people’s Chief Minister: Harin
UNP chief ministerial hopeful Harin Fernando, who polled the highest number of preferential votes in the Uva Province, thanked supporters for their confidence in him and said he would always be the ‘people’s chief minister.’
Speaking to Daily FT yesterday, after most of the results were released, Fernando said he had led the UNP campaign against the might of the Rajapaksa family and the Rajapaksa government machinery, and proved that both were uninvincible.
“It is a historic day and the beginning of a great wave that is building against this regime’s corruption and nepotism,” Fernando said, after he beat President Rajapaksa nephew Shashendra in the preferential vote tally with 173,799 vs. the younger Rajapaksa’s 96,619.
Fernando contested in the more populous Badulla District, while Shashendra Rajapaksa contested in the Moneragala District - a UPFA stronghold.
Fernando said he hoped the result in the Uva election would inspire others in the UNP and the opposition to take the fight to the Government going forward.