Presidential candidate of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed the need for a departure from the present political culture in the greater interest of society.
Addressing a mammoth election rally in Mahara yesterday, he said he was committed to make Sri Lanka a secure, prosperous nation where all the communities could co-exist in harmony.
He said there should be a positive political culture in the country.
“We cannot behave aggressively. I don’t approve of indecent, aggressive behaviour. There are a number of parties that have teamed up with us because of our policies. Today, the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) led by MP Arumugam Thondaman has decided to support us. We are armed with a people-friendly vision,” he said.
Mr. Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had been a source of strength for us, enabling his side to increase the vote base from 60 per cent to 72 per cent.
“We warmly welcome the SLFP into our fold. The SLFP is the party founded by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and D.A. Rajapaksa. It is the party that led the 1956 revolution. That is the party that introduced a host of people-friendly measures which we enjoy today. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa became the president of this country twice representing the SLFP,” he said.
Asserting that national security would be prioritised under a government led by him in the future, he said a Cabinet driven by neoliberal thinking and acting according to the whims of the NGOs would never be able to strengthen or uphold national security.
Mr. Rajapaksa, who called the 21st century the knowledge-based century, said he had planned his knowledge-based economic policy.
“We always believe in the development of human resources. We will introduce an IT-driven economy,” he said.
Water under the bridge. The bible preached by third world countries, all over the world. Come up with some thing new or please shut up.
saliya Monday, 14 October 2019 11:31 AM
is the white van culture part of this progarmme
Yankee Dude Monday, 14 October 2019 11:46 AM
In words Prosperous Nation , In Action prosperous Family ! .
Pradeep Perera Monday, 14 October 2019 11:56 AM
Gota, please tell the nation are you prepared to rule the country without fear and intimidation. Are you prepared to rule the country without white van culture. Will you kill or abduct journalist when they pin point your mistakes. Will you allow family rule .
vithura Monday, 14 October 2019 02:04 PM
We should have each one of them on TV to have their vision, governance strategy, policies, their track record and rhetoric scrutinised by a respected, informed and unbiased journalist, to help voters decide.
Ram Monday, 14 October 2019 02:24 PM
No wonder, Gota returned from a prosperous country USA and knows well what prosperity means
Ram Monday, 14 October 2019 02:25 PM
Gota reads a prepared speech. No questions by the press. Not a good sign for a Sri Lankan politician.
lord pakeer Monday, 14 October 2019 04:36 PM
people are getting carried away with fairy tale stories, by the way can any one come forward with credible white van story rather than just uttering!
also journalism is not a licence to make up or edit stories to suite thier owners!
DillonDP Monday, 14 October 2019 07:31 PM
I Hope you will be fit once u become President. Else u may have to be leading from Singapore
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