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Gota will not cheat Muslims and Tamils - Mahinda

“No room for extremism within the country” - Gotabaya Rajapaksa

There will be no room for any extremism within the country under his leadership as the President, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) Presidential nominee, former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in Colombo yesterday. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was speaking after accepting his nomination made by his elder brother and newly appointed SLPP Leader, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa said it has been the prime duty of a government formed by them to ensure the national security and make the island the world’s most secure country. The former Defence Secretary stated this in his speech to the first national convention of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP), held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday. At yesterday’s convention, elder brother and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the Chairman of the SLPP by former Chairman Prof. G.L.Peiris. After being appointed as the party Chairman, Rajapaksa named Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential nominee to contest at the next Presidential election.

Gotabhaya said the upcoming election would be very decisive and therefore, requested all the communities to join hands together without any division for the future sake of the children of the country.

He said that he would not allow anyone to harm the sovereignty of the country. “We are ready to maintain friendly relations with every country but, not ready to betray the country’s sovereignty to any foreign country.”

Rajapakse said that they would build a free and a prosperous country for the future generation of the country. We have that vision and have already drafted the necessary plans for that, Rajapaksa said.

He also requested the party members and the supporters to contribute to conducting an environment-friendly election campaign, which is free of polythene and plastic.

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the audience said the country needs a leader who is on alert on the national security round-the-clock.“After ensuring national security, we have to rebuild this country. For that, we need discipline and law. Without discipline, no country can be developed”, he said.

He said only a person, who contributed to making a historical change in the country in the past can develop this country.

“People in the north should be given democratic rights once again. Our candidate is an individual who would not cheat the Tamils and the Muslims and work with them honestly,”he said.

“What is important is not my choice but, the country’s choice. I thought of a man, who will build the future. He has already become your brother” Rajapaksa said and added that “He is Gotabaya”.

“Gota never begged from anybody to appoint him as the President of this country.

He is to empower the people’s hands. For me, it is the motherland which is worth for the first, second and the third time. Gota, it should be the same for you too. This is the beginning of the victory”, Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

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