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President tells Northerners “Rally round under one flag for development rejecting ethnic politics

Jul 19, 2011 11:47:19 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has emphasized that he will not consider religious, cast or communal differences in serving the people. His only desire was to see that everyone lived as the children of one mother. Hereafter, this country does not need communal politics or terrorism. Addressing the people of Kopai the President called on them to take the lead in development under one flag.President said there was no need to mention how the people of this country lived frequently hearing the sounds of gunfire and the bleak future of their children after overcoming these obstacles, the President said a responsibility was vested in them. That is to return to the people the right of the areas they were deprived of for 30 years. There is a general view that as to why they should work if votes were not cast in their favour. He told the gathering that he was the President of all the people of this country and it is his obligation to serve each and everyone. As such he is vested with the responsibility of developing the areas, providing roads, electricity and drinking water, directing special attention to overcoming the problems of the people. He said he was prepared to listen to each and everyone. He assured that no one would be permitted to fragment the country and achieve their narrow objectives. He called on everyone to work and live together as this was their country. Everyone should first unite to build the country after building the village.  The President was addressing a public rally at the Navalar Vidyalaya grounds in Kopai. A notable feature was the warm welcome accorded by the large crowds to the President. Addressing the gathering in Tamil amidst a major response from the people, the President pointed out the need for the children of the North to achieve a notable improvement again in education. The dividends of “Uthuru Wasanthaya” are now being reaped. The freedom and security of living have been consolidated. The value of land in the North was rising rapidly in the face of development. Decisions should be taken judiciously. The President called on the people to work in unity.Speaking on this occasion Minister Douglas Devananda said that the President had given all what he requested on behalf of the Tamil civilians. As such he appealed to them to work by placing trust in the President. Parliamentarian Prabha Ganeshan said that the President was not against the Tamil Diaspora in the face of their protests. He took further initiatives to help the Tamil civilians. What they needed today was development and education for children. In this context, Mr. Ganeshan said that they could place full confidence in the President. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne also expressed his views. Chief Incumbent of the Nagadeepa Temple the Ven. Meegaskumbure Gnanarathana Thera and the Catholic clergy including Rev. Fr. J.B. Anthony and some Parliamentarians were present.