Fonseka Does It In Style On Facebook
By Munza Mushtaq
With a soaring fan base even on Facebook, Sri Lanka’s much hyped former Army Commander, General Sarath Fonseka is gathering his mass support in style, leaving no stone unturned be it on the world wide web or even in rural Sri Lanka.
The Facebook page ‘Sarath Fonseka-Next Sri Lankan President’ which was created on October 3, has become one of the most active pages and among the fastest growing pages in the social networking website with more than 15,000 fans joining the page since its very short existence.
The page saw 10,000 fans joining within just 25 days since it was created, and the fans further ballooned last week to more than 15,500 by Thursday soon after news of Fonseka’s resignation was announced on Thursday morning.
The page was set up by a group which promoted Fonseka’s candidature in a possible presidential election slated for next year.
The creators of the page who claim to be a group of ‘ordinary, loyal and patriotic Sri Lankans’ with no ties to General Fonseka, said they were creating this Facebook page seriously risking their lives due to the forces who are against Fonseka’s candidature.
“We know that we are taking a serious risk to our lives. But we believe that this is the time we should come forward to appeal to a real hero and a man who has proven his loyalty to mother Lanka to become our leader and save our country from “political terrorists,” the creators of the Fonseka fan page said.