At Kurunegala rally:
President pledges to end thuggery
*One minute silence for slain UPFA
*We will defeat any conspiracy
*Govt will protect unitary status of
While condemning the killing of an UPFA supporter in Madurankuliya by
a group of gunmen on Saturday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he will
not allow thuggery to take root in the country under any circumstances.
The President was addressing over 100,000 people who flocked to the
Maligapitiya grounds in Kurunegala in support of his victory at the
President Rajapaksa along with the Ministers observed one minute’s
silence as a mark of respect to the UPFA supporter who was shot dead by
an armed group, before he commenced his address.
“We should not give any room to the person who thinks that he can get
political mileage by killing innocent people,” he said.
“We will put a full stop to thuggery and conspiracy to divide the
country by remerging the North and the East on January 26,” he stressed.
He added that the people of this nation gave him power at the eleventh
hour to save the country which was under the threat of LTTE terrorists
and their followers in the South.
The President reiterated that part of the country was handed over to
the terrorists by an agreement and by the time he came into power and
the terrorists have set up their own administration for a separate
The President stressed the Government pioneered liberating the
country from the clutches of terrorism to ensure a better-country for
He said several traders were engaged in a futile attempt to create an
artificial rice shortage in the country by hiding their stocks. The
President reminded that this type of consipiracy was in place during
1977 and all hidden stocks came out after the 1977 General election.
He said that the people are ready to teach a lesson to these bogus
traders and the conspirators who are involved in betraying the country
on January 26. The President said that he is familiar with the life in
the rural village as he hailed from one of the most under developed
villages in the South.
“Certain elements have said on election platforms that I will be sent
to a cottage in a rural village after the election. He said these
elements of the pampered class have neither seen a cottage nor
experienced the life in rural villages in the country”, he said.
He added that he did not sell any property belonging to the State
during his entire tenure as the President. He said the Government has
brought several State ventures which were privatized by previous
administrations under its control during the past four years.
President Rajapaksa said some weak leaders in the country did not
identify LTTE members as terrorists in fear of their lives at that time.
He stressed that more than 30,000 service personnel sacrificed their
lives to safeguard the unitary state of the country and the Government
is bound to protect and promote the unitary state of the country.
He said that the Government has clearly outlined in the Mahinda
Chinthanaya that the Government is committed to protect and promote the
unitary status of the country.
Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion and Media and
Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Rural Industries Minister
S.B. Navinna, Nation Building Minister and Hiriyala SLFP Organizer
Salinda Dissanayake and NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa also spoke.