'We can show how to topple a govt'

2014-04-08 08:18:30

The opposition’s expectation for a regime change through a Arab Spring kind of uprising will not succeed in Sri Lanka and there is no need to go to Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to learn how to topple governments, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

“If they come to Medamulana I will teach them how to topple a government,” the President said amid laughter from the audience.

In the keynote address at the Central Bank auditorium during the presentation of the Central Bank Annual Report 2013, he said the opposition was awaiting the collapse of the government like the jackal going after the goat but could never catch it.

The President said the opposition had predicted a change of government every March since 2005 but nothing appears to have happened.

Commenting on the Government’s achievements in the economic front during the past few years, President Rajapaksa said the economic policies and programmes had to be changed to adapt to the new economic trends in the world.

“For instance, after the war victory in 2009, officials set the tourist arrival target at one million by 2016 but I said I am not satisfied. My target was a minimum of 1.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016. We are to achieve the 1.5 million tourist arrival target even before 2016 and by 2025 we will host 2.5 million tourists,” he said.

The President expressed concern at the increasing income disparity among the people with rapid development and said economic planning must focus on reducing this gap. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 27

  • Pradeep Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:28

    seems he feel jealous about RW doing lectures in a USA university.

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    Chathu Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:48

    If MR has got lessons from so called western universities, we are still "negotiating" with tigers!

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    unchikun Tuesday, 8 April 2014 10:08

    [quote name="Chathu"]If MR has got lessons from so called western universities, we are still "negotiating" with tigers![/quote]
    MIT is one of the best universities in the world. It is a prestige to study at MIT. I do not know how I will to lecture at MIT. They still use chark boards at MIT.

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    Brain to-think Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:38

    now king must be mentally worrying in every way

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    ThruthSeeker Tuesday, 8 April 2014 10:17

    [quote name="Brain to-think"]now king must be mentally worrying in every way[/quote]
    What do you mean mentally worrying ? Just say worried.
    You cannot be dentally worried.

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    chanz Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:39

    This is good entertainment for village people..

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    Chathu Tuesday, 8 April 2014 10:25

    This country has been saved because of the villagers you moron chanz! And do not forget the fact that Sri Lanka lives in her villagers!

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    Nadeesha Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:43

    When HE put attention on that (bogus) analysis, 'topple' is what that comes to HIS mind. Please report HIS reasonable and factual or even astrological part of the analysis of the report.

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    Tuan Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:43

    The Presidents is absolutely correct in his statement.

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    Rosh Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:51

    Do not worry, you have supports all the shits like MC. Development for your benefits is going on. All the cases in the Bribery Commission are appear to be against Good people.

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    sudath Tuesday, 8 April 2014 08:55

    This is hilarious absolutely true and a fabulous one lol

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    Brain to-think Tuesday, 8 April 2014 09:00

    PLs be ready for US resolution without hiding or making the situation worse than present

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    don charles Tuesday, 8 April 2014 09:32

    Yeah. No one needs to go to Harvard and such high and mighty places. They all need to come to Medamulane.

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    kan Tuesday, 8 April 2014 09:48

    Forget about RW, even Mangala Samaraweera(MS) was in Harvard studying politics , but he was called suddenly by CBK and look at the status of MS today.

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    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 8 April 2014 11:06

    sir, do not even bother to comment about RW. he is not worth it.

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    Mason Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:07

    RW has fineness and quality. He is recognized, respected and welcomed abroad. Do not feel jealous.

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    TJ Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:16

    If one had associated with madam CB, toppling a government will be a child's play

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    Fawzan Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:33

    If MIT or Harvard is located in SL, MR’s sons & daughter are batch toppers as in Law College. They are sour grapes for MR. MR can thing of selling few of our national wealth to China and buy one of them.

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    John S. Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:45

    Yes,sir we know your capability. Not only to topple Governments but for other things. Get Ready to face Chandrika next year.

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    Cobra Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:49

    How about leaking the process to Ranil!!!

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    mack Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:56

    yes all you need is bunch of pathetic communal minded and good lies via DM Android App

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    Rizwie Deen Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:07

    I am a staunch UNP er but I admire the public relation of the President . Nobody in Sri Lanka can beat it . Facts are stubborn.But this is a fact weather you like it or not .

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    Renu Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:17

    Peopole will showthat very soon

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    Toppler Tuesday, 8 April 2014 17:06

    This may be true. To fight elections and to fight in a boxing ring you need to follow rules, regulations and laws where necessary. But if you are a street fighter and a mobster there are no rules. Only mob rules. You wait behind a thappey and club your opponent on the head. In the kingdom of mobsters only jungle rule prevails. via DM iPad app

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    Public Tuesday, 8 April 2014 18:10

    For the first time has he been disturbed or upset for some strong action?

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    vidura Wednesday, 9 April 2014 11:43

    The president is absolutely correct. We respect you sir

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    vidura Wednesday, 9 April 2014 11:43

    The president is absolutely correct. We respect you sir

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