President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday called upon the people of the country and the party members to question and correct SLFP Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse if he is doing anything wrong and guide him on the correct path.
Addressing a rally at the Getambe Municipal Grounds, the President stressed she was still the party leader and the people were with her.
?If there is a free and fair election the LTTE would not get 10% of the votes in the North and the two extremist groups in the South ?the JVP and the JHU- would not get even 4% of the votes. I will not allow any of the extremist groups to divert the country as they wish and the people should be aware of this,? she said.
The President said though this country belonged to all, there was an extremist group in the North seeking the division of the country and also similar groups in the South claiming this is a Sinhala Buddhist country. She said she put together the SLFP which was in shambles and developed it to what it is today.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who arrived at the rally late after the president`s address pledged the budget would be presented to parliament on November 8 despite protests by the UNP. He charged thatUNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would be meeting the President today in a bid to block the budget from being presented in Parliament but the President would not oblige.
Foreign Minister Anura Bandaranaike charged that President Kumaratunga who was elected for 12 years had to retire this year due to a conspiracy.
`I will expose this conspiracy in parliament soon,` he said calling for a public debate between the two main presidential candidates. He said that was how election campaigns were conducted in countries such as the United States.