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Government’s stand is to encourage cricketers – President

Mar 4, 2011 10:26:17 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has emphatically stated that the Government’s stand was to encourage cricketers in every form to clinch the World Cup. But he mentioned that the desire of certain groups including the Opposition was to discourage the players and again betray the country.

The President said they had built fully equipped stadiums in Sooriyawewa and Pallekelle and the Kettarama

Stadium had been modernized. Freedom was given to select the talented players for the World Cup. But, he queried as to what the opposition was doing now. As they tried to obstruct the humanitarians operations in the past, leaders call on the fans to send SMS to the players to demoralize them. When the last World Cup was in progress Murali was Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe threatened that he would be imprisoned if he visited Sri Lanka. What are they doing now when the country had been liberated and steered towards victory? They have mooted campaigns in the world to undermine the cricketers and destabilize them. The Opposition should be more strengthened.

The President recalled his discussion with the Opposition Leader of India. She told him that whatever their opinion was in the country, their stand was the same in the world. This was India’s voice. They do not matter whether it was the Opposition or the Government. The Indian Opposition Leader said it was India’s voice. If there was a responsibility, the President queried as to what should be the onus of the Opposition. He pointed out that whatever their differences were in the country, they do not have the self-strength to say in the world that this was the Sri Lankan voice.

The President pointed out that at a time when they were advancing as a country, action should not be initiated to paralyse the journey, but encourage it. The President was addressing Colombo District Freedom Alliance activists at Temple Trees today. About 10 thousand activists were present. Further addressing them, the President said that certain groups were engaged in an effort spreading baseless information and put the Government into difficulty in the midst of the masses. But he noted that the citizens who love the country cannot be duped by such false allegations. The President stressed that the people have now realized the attempts of such opportunistic groups. Senior Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Dinseh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Patali Champika Ranawaka also expressed their views. Many Parliamentarians of the Freedom Alliance and constituent party leaders were among those present.