territory not viable in ‘little’ Lanka, says Mahinda
By Nalaka Nonis
Presidential hopeful Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday
declared that he was ready to accept the challenge of establishing
a unitary and peaceful Sri Lanka while devolving power to the maximum.
made this statement at two election rallies in Teldeniya and Gelioya.
"I'm committed to peace. I believe I have the potential to
usher in honorable peace to Sri Lanka without dividing it",
Premier Rajapakse told the crowd who braved the heavy rains at Gelioya
in Udunuwara last evening.
said a separate ruling territory and state were not possible in
'little' Sri Lanka and denounced what he called 'false propaganda'
carried out by interested parties that he was for war.
Rajapakse appealed to the people to join hands with him to build
a disciplined and decent society and said that he would instill
good culture and morality in the hearts of the people when elected
President. The Premier pointed out that he would develop infrastructure
facilities country-wide as reflected in his Mahinda Chinthana without
favoring any region.
assured that his government would present the 2006 budget as planned
and claimed that others were scared of the benefits it would offer
JVP MP Vijitha Herath addressing the gathering said that Mr. Rajapakse
was the only Presidential candidate who could build a prosperous
and undivided Sri Lanka. Posts and Telecommunication Minister D.M.
Jayaratne also addressed the rally held in the Udunuwara electorate.