SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday pledged to end poverty and the gap between the have and have-nots as stipulated in his manifesto if elected president.
Speaking at a rally held in Bandaragama yesterday, Mr. Rajapaksa said their policies and the manifesto were people-centric.
"Four years ago, we started collecting ideas and opinions of the businessmen, industrialists and professionals through Viyath Maga and sought your opinion through Gamata Pilisandarak programme afterwards. It is those opinions, ideas and views which are included in our manifesto, " he said.
He assured that he will fulfil all pledges given during his tenure and to establish national security.
"We established a strong defence system. But this government has no idea about the national security. A future government if ours will uphold dignity of tri-forces, civil defence force and police and will establish national security. There will be no room for extremist terrorism," he said.
Reiterating that he will revive the economy, Mr Rajapaksa said agriculture and farmers will be given key attention.
"We will give free fertiliser and write off farmers loans. We have proposed a pension scheme for farmers as well," he said.
He said a knowledge-based economy will be introduced by good government.
"We have fulfilled challenges in the past and will do so in the future as well," he said.
SLPP Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, MPs Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and others also attended the rally. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
"poverty and gap between have and have-nots" have increased for the last 71 years. Every new child born has a debt over 500,000 Rupees.
We have heard these slogans every 5 years for the past 71 years. Each taking turns to plunder Sri Lanka and these so called "politicians" are Dollar millionairs!
There are politicians and so called professionals NOT paying proper taxes. Lawyers doing cash transactions unaccounted for etc.
ONLY answer is with ONE LAW ONE COUNTRY and with a Complete System Change.
ravin Monday, 04 November 2019 12:22 PM
We were hearing same story for last 70 years. And how many more ...............???
Pow-Arty Monday, 04 November 2019 12:25 PM
After ending the gap, will all of us be poor?
Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.