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New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday pledged to revive his late father Ranasinghe Premadasa’s concept of providing free mid-day meals and two sets of uniforms to children in all schools.

Mr. Premadasda who made this pledge at an election rally in Balangoda said he would find funds to provide these to school children by cutting down unnecessary expenditure.

“My late father got the idea of providing school uniforms free of charge to school children when he saw children going in torn school uniforms in Ratnapura itself. I am also making a similar pledge today in Balangoda. I will provide two sets of uniforms to all school children and also a free mid-day meal just like my father did,” Mr. Premadasa said.

“Some may question where I am going to find funds for it but I will find the necessary funds by cutting down unnecessary expenditure. I will not go on foreign tours without any reason with large delegations of around 200 people,” he added.

He said the country does not need a monstrous leader (A Goni Billa) but a soft-hearted leader. “I will be a soft-hearted leader which the country wants,” he said.

He said he will be a leader which follows Pancha Maha Balawega (five pillars) monks, indigenous medical practitioners, teacher, farmers and labourers better than anyone else.

“Some say that I am going to bow down to the international community and will divide the nation. I am telling the people that I will stick to local values when dealing with the international community. I would like to also assure that I have my father, late President Ranasinghe Premadasa's genes. Premadasa will never betray the nation,” he said.

Further, he pledged to stop the importation and re-export of pepper, to provide concessions to vegetable farmers and to relax laws which hinder the development of the gem industry. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Graham Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:55 AM

    He will promise earth and the heaven until he gets swept away from politics.....Ranil is an old fox will get back to opposition leader position and will groom Ruwan or Navin soon as Sajith is punched into oblivion...

    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:57 AM

    I think this guy is slightly mad. He thinks that people of this country are real idiots. He should understand that people laugh at this type of promises. Because, people are fed up with promises politics ( පොරොන්දු දේශපාලනය.). People still ridicule "Bracelet" promises).

    Milinda Tuesday, 15 October 2019 10:55 AM

    Stop milk powder but encourage milk from the local producer.

    Ruwan Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:57 AM

    Costs go up, get more loans

    Ruwan Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:57 AM

    Costs go up, get more loans

    Sam Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:54 PM

    I was all for Sajith until he started speaking. For a country with no money the last thing we need is a give away merchant. Gota is the best pick of a bad bunch.

    Haramanis Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:37 PM

    Sajith should provide eggs also with the midday meal

    lord pakeer Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:39 PM

    many thought this is the guy! but from the time he opened his mouth, he keeps on saying idiotic things and fairy tales. he is still in the 1970's promising the sun and the moon. this guy will be worse the MS and country will go from frying pan to the fire1!!


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