Sarath Fonseka visits Jaffna seeking Tamils' votes
[TamilNet, Saturday, 02 January 2010, 10:24 GMT]
Main opposition presidential candidate and former Chief of Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Jaffna Commander, Major General (retd) Sarath Fonseka arrived in Jaffna Saturday morning accompanied by the Leader of Opposition, Ranil Wickremasainghe, Parliamentarians Mano Ganeshan, Jayalath Jayawardene, JVP Samaraweera Amarasinghe, Anurakumara Disanayake, Hakeem and several other political personalities to engage in election campaign in Jaffna peninsula. Sarath Fonseka and his team made it a point to first visit Saiva temples in the peninsula before meeting the public and other important persons. Sarath Fonseka and his associates also visited Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam at his residence where they spoke with the representatives of civil organizations in the peninsula, sources in Jaffna said.
Sarath Fonseka and his team of political leaders from the South arrived around 9:00 a.m Saturday at Palaali and straight away went to Nalloor Kanthasuvami Koayil where they worshipped.
Their next place of visit was Kaarainakar where they met the public at the Memorial monument of Late. Maheswaran who was a cabinet member in United National Party government earlier.
The team later went to Ma'natkaadu Muththumaariamman Koayil, Kaarainakar Aiyan Koayil and Kaarainakar Sivan Koayil where they also met and spoke with local people.
Jaffna University was their next place of visit where they met the Vice-chancellor, Deans of Faculties, lecturers and Jaffna University Student Union members.
Finally Sarath Fonseka and his associates met the members of Jaffna Tarders' Union in Jaffna town.
An office for election campaign was opened on Maanippaay Road in Jaffna.
Several political leaders from the South visiting Jaffna together is something which had not happened for a long time, the sources added.