Cabinet’s security prowess nil, says Gota

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SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said a secured country could not be expected from a Cabinet that did not have any knowledge on security. However, he assured a peaceful and secure nation under his leadership.

Speaking at a rally held last evening in Horana, he said people continually demanded for a country in which they could live without fear.

“When I went to Balangoda and Pelmadulla rallies, people asked for security to be restored. We had in place a clear defence programme and proper intelligence service coordination. But due to short-sighted initiatives by this government, bombs went off in churches. This is a government that did not give prominence to national security. It destroyed the reputation of war heroes and diluted the intelligence service,” he said.

Commenting on various programmes launched by the Rajapaksa Government, he said such efforts helped Colombo to become the fastest-growing city in Asia at that time.

“This government halted those projects and as a result, the economy collapsed. We have come up with a people-centric economy to uplift all sectors. We used to have a team that could execute plans, but we will return with a similar team,” he said.

On a different note, he said his government would invest more in the education sector. He assured that all students who successfully passed the GCE A/L examination would be given the opportunity to enrol at a university. “The other students will be given technical and vocational training so that they could find a job that offers a better remuneration,” he said.

He asked people to place their trust in him just like he placed his faith in them. “I invite you to perform your duty and I will fulfil mine in order to create a secure and prosperous country. We will rebuild the economy,” he said.

SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLPP Chairman Professor G.L. Peiris, MP Vidura Wickramanayake, party leaders of the opposition including Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila were present at the occasion. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Gotler Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:44 AM

    Gota why twist the truth? The bombs were set-off by an extremist Muslim group which had your backing and your intelligent staff.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:48 AM

    If you come to power, I am going to import

    Bathiya Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:59 AM

    The easter bomb blast was not because of the weak security in the country,it was becase of a communication/coordination probleb by the top brass. Gota is trying to fool everyone in to believing that the security of the country is weak to win the election. The security has always been strong in the country and that is why the intelligence was able to detect and warn about zahran. Dear voters,please do not fall prey to this lie.

    nalin Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:57 PM

    ok wE understand


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