Separate 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.

He 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.

He 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.

Mr. 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.

He assured that his government would present the 2006 budget as planned and claimed that others were scared of the benefits it would offer the people.
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.

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