President won’t bow down to pressure
*Appeals for strong verdict on October 10 :
*Four mega port projects in progress:
President Mahinda Rajapaksa while noting that Sri Lanka’s friendly
ties with the international community was strong as ever and would
always work towards strengthening existing relations asserted that,
however he was not prepared to betray the country’s honour and bow down
to unreasonable conditions or pressure exerted by outside forces.
Addressing the UPFA’s final election campaign rally in support of
contenders for the Southern Provincial Council in Muwanpelassa grounds
in Suriyawewa yesterday the President said “although we have strong and
friendly relationships with other nations we are not ready to bow down
in front of injustice and unreasonable conditions. We would never betray
the honour of our Motherland. It comes before everything else.”
Addressing a record crowd of more than 100,000 who had filled every inch
of the ground and the immediate vicinity he urged the masses to put
petty differences aside and join hands to propel the country towards
lasting peace and prosperity.
However, it is unfortunate to note that some of our own countrymen
who are in search of personal glory at the expense of the Motherland
being engaged in a malicious campaign to discredit the Government and
the war heroes in order to achieve their selfish objectives, he noted.
The President said that the people of the South would react accordingly
and give a strong verdict at the October 10 polls to all detractors both
local and international. He also noted that although the USD 150 million
contribution of the GSP+ concessions was vital to the country’s economy,
the Government will not succumb to unwarranted conditions to get it.
He added that even while engaged in conflict the government had not
neglected the development of the country, but had started mega
development projects of ports, roads and other infrastructure.
Thousands of kilometres of main roads, byroads, inter provincial
roads and rural roads have been developed. Major expressways are in
progress or near completion and several power plants at Kerawalapitiya,
Norochcholai, Upper Kotmale, Uma Oya and Trincomalee have been launched,
the President highlighted.
Also the Government took steps to strengthen the state sector which
the then UNP Government planned to cut down to 600,000. Now it has gone
beyond 1.2 million, he added.
The President also noted that vast strides had being made in the
fields of health, education, agriculture etc. in line with the ‘Mahinda
Chinthana’ policy framework.
He assured that the Government would not allow the hard work put in
to develop all sectors to go to waste but would be channelled properly
to ensure that future generations enjoy a better life.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa also noted that the UPFA had been on a
winning streak in all PC polls before and after terrorism had been
defeated with increasing majorities at every turn.
While adding that this was the final PC polls in that line the
President said that however it was conducted at a crucial time where a
section of the international community backed by a few locals with
vested interests were conspiring to tarnish the image of the country and
its war heroes using false and malicious allegations.
The President requested the people of Southern Province to give a
proper reply to the people who make wrong allegations against the
country and its Security Forces who defeated the dreaded terrorism which
prevailed for 30 years.
During the meeting UNP strongman and renowned entrepreneur Samson
Silva got on the stage to show his solidarity with the President and the
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dinesh
Gunawardena, Chamal Rajapaksa, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Pavithra
Wanniarachchi, Sumeda G. Jayasena, C.B. Ratnayake, Mahindananda
Aluthgamage, Champika Ranawaka, Mahinda Amaraweera, G.L. Peiris, Felix
Perera, Rohitha Abeygunewardene, Governor Alavi Mowlana, Chief Minister
Mahipala Herath and Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa were also present
at the rally.