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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

Liberating the North is not far away – Sri Lanka President

Colombo, 28 July, (Asiantribune.com): Addressing a rally on Saturday, in Anuradhapura in support of the United People's Freedom Alliance candidates contesting the North Western Provincial Council election, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that no period in history since the time of King Parakramabahu the Great has seen a development drive as the present one launched by the Government.President Mahinda Rajapaksa Address the Large Crowd of Gathering at Anuradhapura Public Ground on 26thPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa Address the Large Crowd of Gathering at Anuradhapura Public Ground on 26th

The President also pledged that just as the East was liberated from the clutches of terrorists, so too will the last remaining strongholds of the LTTE, KIllinochchi and Mullaitivu, be liberated so that people living in those areas too can benefit from the Government's overall development strategy.

He further pointed out that what was happening in the North was nothing more nothing less than a humanitarian mission to reaffirm the right to life of all peoples, Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslims and others. He also praised the heroic efforts of the security forces, observing that they have already weakened considerably the strike capabilities of the LTTE and that theirs is a mission to recover a free and independent nation for all peoples. Wayaba Province U.N.P Opposition Leader  Mr.Asoka Wadigamangawa met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the  Anuradhapura Rally and pledge to support for SLFP in this Provincial Council ElectionWayaba Province U.N.P Opposition Leader Mr.Asoka Wadigamangawa met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Anuradhapura Rally and pledge to support for SLFP in this Provincial Council Election

“While eradicating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, we will simultaneously develop the entire country,” President Rajapaksa told a public rally.

Rejecting and denouncing the ‘ceasefire’ proclaimed unilaterally by the LTTE recently to mark the SAARC summit in Colombo, President Rajapaksa categorically stated that the Government was only engaged in ‘humanitarian operations’ to provide ‘humanitarian assistance’ to the down-trodden and oppressed masses in the North, as opposed to war.President Mahinda Rajapaksa Visited Anuradhapura General Hospital and met  the wounded soldiers  in the recent  encounters  in the Northern  battle filed  - Pix by Sudath SilvaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa Visited Anuradhapura General Hospital and met the wounded soldiers in the recent encounters in the Northern battle filed - Pix by Sudath Silva

President Rajapaksa said that the Government has focused on developing irrigation infrastructure in the country and in this regard several projects will be initiated in the province to rehabilitate tanks and other structures on the 14th of next month at a cost of Rs.7200 million.

The President urged Armed Forces personnel still on vacation, to report to their respective duties at their very earliest as their valuable and dedicated services were vitally and urgently required for their Motherland at this crucial juncture.

President Rajapaksa made this call when he addressed a mammoth rally in Anuradhapura, the first in a series of rallies, in support of the UPFA candidates contesting the Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Council (PC) elections on August 23. A valiant soldier despite of his injuries exchanges pleasantries with his Commander in Chief – a lighter moment of battle weary heroA valiant soldier despite of his injuries exchanges pleasantries with his Commander in Chief – a lighter moment of battle weary hero

He asserted that at a time the Armed Forces were marching victoriously in their battle against terrorism and the LTTE breathing their last, it was destined to confront a definite ‘Waterloo’ very soon.

President Rajapaksa lauded the great zeal and enthusiasm displayed by the disabled ‘war heroes’ in the Anuradhapura hospital, whom he had visited them that day.

“These ‘war heroes’ who were badly disabled were too willing to get back to the battlefront again, if they were discharged from the hospital. They were determined to fight the terrorists, tooth and nail, and capture Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu,” he said.

Roads, schools and other mega development projects such as the Norochcholai, Kothmale and Kerawalapitiya power projects and the Moragahakanda irrigation project among others, would be taken forward expeditiously. The spree of victories achieved by the Government would be further augmented by a definite and a landslide victory at the forthcoming PC elections of Sabaragamuwa and North Central on August 23.

“This would undoubtedly consolidate our Government, the Armed Forces and the people,” he added.

The President noted that the farmer obtained a reasonable and high price for his paddy, and thereby given his due place. Nevertheless, he pointed out that when the farmer is benefited in this manner, obviously the consumer would experience a problem.

“So, there should be a ‘balancing act’, where both the farmer and the consumer is protected. We will ensure that both parties’ interests are taken into consideration”, he added.

Refuting claims as reported in certain quarters of the media, that the President would also resort to a referendum, the President categorically ruled it out.

“I will never ever resort to ‘Kalageddi Sellama’ practice. I will hold the PC elections, followed by the Parliamentary elections. I will win that too. Everything is in the hands of the people whom we represent,” he said.

He added that the masses of ‘Raja rata’ had immense faith and trusted the UPFA government, and beyond any possible doubt, they would elect Berty Premalal Dissanayake as the Chief Minister of the North Central P.C.

Bertie Premalal Dissanayake, the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province observed that today the entire country is fast rallying around the President's vision and programme of action and expressed confidence that the UPFA will win the Provincial Council by a majority of over 100,000 votes.

Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Susul Premajayantha, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, NImal Siripala De Silva, C.B. Ratnayake, Tissa Karalliyadda, Felix Perera and Mervin Silva were also present, along with the former Opposition Leader of the Wayamba Provincial Council, Asoka Wadigamangawa, who crossed over from the United National Party.

- Asian Tribune -

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