President tells voters in Polonnaruwa:
Defeat secret pact
*Give verdict against betrayal
*Will never allow rebirth of LTTE
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday emphasized that he would never
allow the subjugation of the freedom achieved and the democracy
protected by sacrificing thousands of precious lives. Speaking at a
massive public rally in Polonnaruwa attended by an estimated crowd of
over 100,000, President Rajapaksa said that he was confident that the
people would rise against such attempts and would never allow the ugly
head of terrorism to rise again or attempts to divide the country.
He told the gathering that another secret pact, hatched with the
intention of propagating divisions within the country was afoot and that
it should be nullified at the January 26 elections.
While charging that elements who failed to divide the country through
military means today were striving to win over their desired objectives
in some other forms, the President cautioned the masses to be aware of
such conspiracies. It is also the duty of all people to defeat such
treacherous treaties, he added. He emphasized that supporting such moves
would amount to a betrayal of the country and urged the public to give a
proper reply to such sinister moves through their verdict at the January
The President also stressed that he would not allow any force to
revitalize the LTTE on this soil in the future.
“In addition to defeating terrorism we also launched massive
development programs throughout the country.
“In the not too distant future both present and future generation
would reap the benefits of this massive development drive.
“Today some elements who have scented imminent defeat are trying to
sow seeds of hatred and violence within the country.
“Without falling prey to such attempts join me to build on the hard
earned victory and take the country towards a brighter future,” he
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Johnston Fernando, Wimal Weeranwansa
MP, JHU leader Ven Omalpe Sobhitha Thera and other dignitaries too
addressed the gathering.