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Betraying country before international community:

‘Ranil playing a dirty game’

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has deviated from his role as the Opposition Leader by betraying the country before the international community. The Opposition Leader instead of working to make the people’s aspirations a reality is engaged in a dirty game of persuading the international community to stop assisting the country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President was addressing the Hambantota district SLFP activists at Temple Trees yesterday.

The President said the Opposition Leader instead of leading the opposition against the activities that are detrimental to the well-being of the people, has launched a massive campaign against the country.

“He is calling for each and every country to stop lending assistance to Sri Lanka which earned plaudits from the world for eradicating terrorism.

An Opposition’s duty is to extend its fullest cooperation to the Government to rebuild the country at this critical juncture for the sake of the Motherland.

The President stressed that the people should be prepared to resist the campaign launched by a segment of the opposition against the Motherland. These elements are trying to act against the country at a time when all Sri Lankans despite their political and racial affiliations have gathered under one flag to rebuild the country.

President Rajapaksa said the UNP is struggling to secure the second place today. “We have won the war on terrorism and war on development alike. We have put the country’s development on the front line,” he said.

The President added that work on five harbours are going on simultaneously. This is the first time in the country’s history that work on five main harbours are progressing simultaneously, he said.

He said the Government has launched a program to provide electricity to almost all households in the Hambantota district. “We will provide electricity to every nook and corner of the country shortly.

The development of road network is going on,” he said.

The country is focussing the Hambantota district at the forthcoming Southern Provincial Council election. The people in the Hambantota district have always come forward to save the country when it was in peril. The country is hopeful that the people in the Hambantota district will play a key role in the process of rebuilding of the country, he added.

The members of the Maha Sangha, SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture and Agrarian Services Development Minister Maithreepala Sirisena, Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Mahinda Amaraweera, Southern Province Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Hambantota district Parliamentarian Nirupama Rajapaksa were also present.



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