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Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the Local Government election campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), yesterday claimed that they had a plan to transform the country into a paradise if the SLPP wins the February 10 local government elections.

Addressing the final election rally of the SLPP held in Homagama last night, Mr. Rajapaksa said they have already shown what they are capable of by putting an end to a 30-year war within a short period of 3 years.

"I invite people to have faith in us. People already know the development projects we have carried out to uplift the country. Today, no such development is taking place. During my visit to Jaffna recently, residents complained that not even a culvert had been dug by this government. If we are voted in, we have a plan to transform the country into a paradise,” he said.

He said the government had gotten it's priorities mixed up as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was more focused on providing free Wi-Fi to the public without paying attention to the real problems of the people such as hunger resulting from the high cost of living.

He said the performance of the country's economy has been abysmal during the past three years.“The economy is in chaos today. the mismanagement of LG bodies has resulted in garbage piling up all over the country. Dengue has also shown a marked increase resulting in more deaths. The underworld is raising its ugly head again and drugs are being sold out in the open," he said.

He said the people should vote for the SLPP to save their children from the drug menace."To save the country and our children from the drug menace and to prevent the country from being divided into pieces, vote for the lotus bud,' he said.

National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said the government was attempting to betray the country 'politically' to separatist groups and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF).

"This is why the Minister Counsellor of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London was suspended for making a gesture towards the protesting LTTE supporters. Later on, the President had reinstated him. Suspending the officer is not reconciliation. Becoming a puppet of the GTF is not reconciliation. We would like to thank the minister counsellor for standing up for the country," he said.

Meanwhile, MP Bandula Gunawardane opined that the leaders of the government including the President and the Premier fear that they could be facing an election defeat.

The rally in support of the SLPP was organised by MP Bandula Gunawardana and was attended by Joint Opposition party leaders G. L. Peiris, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, MPs Gamini Lokuge, Lohan Ratwatte, Rohitha Abeygunawardane, SLPP candidates, artistes and professionals. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

Pix by Chathura S Kodikara

  Comments - 36

  • Unchikun Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:02 AM

    Winning a war and paradise are at the two ends of the stick. Time for the reds at least at this election for a start.

    Janaya Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:42 AM

    He will live in paradise and we will..........!!!?

    C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:09 AM

    With or without white vans? With or without highly corrupted family members? With or without US citizen brothers?

    Dhammika Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:28 AM


    muhandiram Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:37 AM

    Paradise for whom? You and your family?

    ravin Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:41 AM

    Paradise for corrupt?

    Nimal Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:43 AM

    No surprise about this plan for paradise, imagine the commission for him and the loans for us. thanks for ending the war and bringing peace to all of us but ruining the country after that by your family is very sad. The respect you earned is just gone down the drain.

    Kamal Senanayake Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:56 AM

    Did not drugs (heroin) begin to come in container loads during his term? How many were arrested?

    Parasite Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:07 AM

    Yes Sir, You will once again make this country a paradise for you and your family. Good luck.

    DD Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:10 AM


    Kingsley Wijesinhe Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:11 AM

    Paradise for whom? Family members?

    Tony Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:16 AM

    Yes, a paradise for himself and his family. Why did he not serve his full term and. Convert this country into paradise instead of giving up the Presidency two years early.

    Sambo Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:36 AM

    Thank you for the paradise you have already changed us into. Every citizen of this country owes the world Rs. four hundred thousand plus. Is this our fault or the fault of you politicians? Remember once bitten twice shy.

    dayan Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:41 AM

    He has already made paradise for his kith an kins. That is enough. Let him be at home for ever.

    Ajit Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:42 AM

    It will be a paradise for your family

    Mahinda Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:50 AM

    You had enough time and power to do so in the past ,but tried to make paradise for Madamoolana group.People will not get misled again.

    Dam Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:53 AM

    Yes you did one time WONDER OF ASIA ... and able to go home even before the term ends.

    Diogenes Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:16 AM

    Paradise for you and for your family but hell for us. Mr Parasite , we know once, how you made this island `The Miracle of Asia`! Please go to hell with all my blessings!

    persona4paz Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:21 AM

    Proved himself a great liar by saying that the Counsellor was scratching his neck. Shame to be a Buddhist.

    Lion Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:25 AM

    Devil praising that he'll is beautiful than the heaven and call us all to accompany him in his tour.

    pumal Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:27 AM

    Yes MR very correct you will build a paradise for your family.Enough nonsense talks

    Sincere Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:35 AM

    Yes. The country, then, became a white van paradise too!

    SW Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:06 AM

    You have ruled for two terms. It is the maximum period. So do you have any ethical right to contest any more? It is your craving that pushes you to remain and engage in politics more and more.At this age it is high time that you engage in your religious activities and look forward to your next life.

    Casanova Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:56 PM

    Next life?He will surely not go to heaven and no body wants to be with him n the hell. Poor fellow.

    willowsd Thursday, 08 February 2018 03:09 PM

    Yes yes we now know how you made paradise for your family and henchmen - read the AG's report today's news papers?

    silva Thursday, 08 February 2018 03:29 PM

    I am surprised that there are still so many fools in this paradise to believe this looter

    vithura Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:03 PM

    Knowing full well there there are morons in this country who will readily believe anything, MR continues uttering nonsense! Though the emperor is naked all these gullible masses see is the emperor in new clothes! what an isle we live in and call it our home .......

    Jayantha Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:29 PM

    Paradise for whom? Innocent masses????????

    Don Juwan Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:39 PM

    He will get paralyzed before we see a paradise out of Sri Lanka under his rule.

    Mason Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:17 PM

    We did have a taste of your Paradise during your tenure, and OMG we do not want it repeated. Enough is enough !

    dasa Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:27 PM

    people have to choose a paradise full of Lamborghinis, rapists and grave diggers and jokers as oppose to a hell with bond scammers and of course jokers.

    elroy mendis Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:30 PM

    or my god not anther MR. sri lankans think about your country and your air line.

    Lanki Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:41 PM

    Those who watched Derana 360 where Mahinda Rajapakse participated would have heard the lies he told in that discussion. Shame on Mahinda for telling lies, does he think voters are dummies? Above all Dilka the anchor did not fact check and its sad to have such low standard anchors in SL television circles.

    Bhagya Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:12 PM

    I'm enjoying reading different views , true the only person who can change is YOU! I live a life away from these governments leaders n structures , the Uma Oya Project is a good example

    hussain Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:47 PM

    Yes we did not forget your Asia's wonder.

    CHINTAKA Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:25 PM

    I remember you very well. You said our motherland will be a miracle in Asia. But you never said it was for your family. Those benefited during your ruling was simply your family and your friends. How long you intend to cheat our people. Enough is enough please retire from politics with all your criminal gangs.

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