Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse`s campaign is now making a pitch to woo the minorities by saying that it is only a strong progressive Sinhala Buddhist leader that can best serve their interests.
Media coordinator of the Rajapakse campaign, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa Minister of Plantation Industries, said that only a leader like Mahinda Rajapakse, a son of Ruhuna can provide this.
He said Rajapakse was the only Sinhala Buddhist to be conferred the prestigious title of `Sri Rohana Janarajana` by the Venerable Mahanayakes. He was respected by all Buddhists and the only non communal leader who respected other religions and communities. He said many Tamils and Muslims had accepted this theory and placed their faith in Rajapakse. He expressed belief that even the LTTE had accepted it. `That is why the LTTE for the first time has decided to remain neutral and allow Tamils to vote according to their conscience. Finally I say `Raja Bawathu Dhammiko` (let the just rule),` he concluded.