Crossover UNPers strengthened my resolve - President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the UNP parliamentarians
who joined the Government after the 2005 Presidential election gave him
strength to eradicate terrorism from the country.
A large number of UNP active members and councillors in
Moneragala gathered at Pelwatte Sugar Corporation premises to
meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and pledge their support for
the UPFA in forthcoming Uva PC election. Uva UNP PC candidate
Jagath Liyanarachchi joined the UPFA and pledged his support in
the coming election. Minister Jagath Pushpakumara, Katharagama
Basnayaka Nilame Shasendra Rajapaksa, Minister Sumedha Jayasena,
Minister Rajitha Senaratne were also present. Picture Sudath
President Rajapaksa said 99 percent of UNP supporters except its
leaders were in support of Government’s mission against terrorism.
The President was addressing the UNP supporters in the Moneragala
district who joined the UPFA at the Pelwatte Sugar factory premises
He said Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has integrated the
Mahinda Chinthanaya into his new policy framework under a new name.
We are happy as he has accepted the Mahinda Chinthanaya at last. But
the question lies whether it is an attempt to deceive the people of the
The landmark victory achieved by the Government in the Western and
the North Western Provinces give clear indication that the people
irrespective of their political affiliation supported the Government’s
endeavour against terrorism.
The international community is eying us on how the people will
respond to the Government at the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council
Election which is the first election held by the Government after the
Security Forces victory in the North.
President Rajapaksa said he has a duty to create a society which is
well-disciplined and has high moral values.
He said over 2700 Security Forces personnel of all ranks made the
supreme sacrifice for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the
Motherland during the humanitarian operation.
Our Security Forces unearthed large stocks of weapons and ammunition
belonging to the LTTE terrorists everyday.
These massive hauls of weapons and ammunition demonstrate that the
terrorists have planned to capture other areas in the country.
He said the Colombo district and adjacent districts were developed in
the past and other districts did not receive the dividends of
The development should reach all parts of the island equally. He said
the development and eradication of terrorism went hand in hand and no
development was suspended due to the war.
We were engaged in eradication of terrorism while equal attention is
given to the country’s development. He said the Government eradicated
the border village concept and he is faced with the challenge of
removing the concept of under-developed villages from the country.
Some elements wanted to construct an Airport in this area but it was
confined to mere name boards. They did not have proper plans nor funds,
The Moneragala district came under the Ruhuna before the Imperialists
divided the country in district and province wise to facilitate
We should uplift the people who underwent untold hardships and
obstacles under the British Colonials in the aftermath of 1818
rebellion, he said.
The President said a society which truly love the country should be
A sense of patriotism should be infused to the minds of the younger
Meanwhile, A large number of UNP stalwarts including 35 Pradeshiya
Sabha members and former Provincial councillors joined the Government to
ensure the victory of the UPFA in the Moneragala district at the
forthcoming Uva Provincial Council election, yesterday.
These strong UNP supporters and the members of the local government
bodies in the Moneragala district voiced their support for Shashindra
Rajapaksa when they met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Pelwatte
Sugar Factory premises yesterday.
All UNP Pradeshiya Sabha members in the Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha
except the Chairman joined the Government to strengthen the President’s
UNP provincial council candidate Jagath Liyanaa-rachchi broke ranks
with the UNP and joined the Government at this meeting.
They expressed their unreserved support for the Government which
eliminated the scourge of terrorism which devoured the country’s
progress for over 30 years.