President tells crowds at final rally:
Move ahead with new resolve
*Victory a foregone conclusion
*Elimination of corruption next
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the final election rally on
Saturday, ahead of Tuesday’s Presidential poll, vowed to protect
democracy and ensure a brighter future for the country.
Addressing a massive gathering at the Somaweera Chandrasiri grounds
in Piliyandala, the President emphasized that it was not the time to
harp on differences or usher fresh divisions within the country but to
forge ahead with new resolve to build on the hard earned victory.
While asserting that victory was a foregone conclusion the President
said as he had eradicated the forces of terror he would also be
committed to eliminate corruption from the country after obtaining a
second successive mandate from the people on January 27.
A new healthcare system, education system, programs to boost
agriculture and employment generation avenues are already in the
pipeline, he said.
The President also told the gathering that an economic revolution in
the country was in the offing, with the Government laying the groundwork
with is infrastructure improvement to facilitate such a move.
He also added that the International Monetary Fund had recognized the
country’s recent progress in the economic sphere by declaring that Sri
Lanka had reached the middle income level category.
“I take full responsibility for implementing the Mahinda Chintanaya,
which would ensure peace, development and a morally rich society. Thus
join hands with me to realize these noble goals,” he added.
Presidential candidate Ven. Battaramulle Seelarathana Thera too got
on stage to express solidarity with the President. Kesbewa electorate
chief organizer Minister Gamini Lokuge and Ministers Rohitha Bogollagama,
A.H.M. Fowzie, Dinesh Gunawardena, Milinda Moragoda, Bandula Gunawardena
and Jeewan Kumaratunga too were present at the final rally.