Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse last Friday said he had no race or religious prejudices and was confident that the southern vote, which he said, was stronger that the Northern vote, would ensure his victory on November 18.
He said, on assuming office he would give priority to attending to the long standing grievances of the security forces and police. He also assured them that he would never betray their honour and safety and would not lower their morale.
Addressing the security forces and police, during his visit to Jaffna, Rajapakse said that he would ensure that on completing their service period all of them would be granted full pension and he would also take action to provide an increased housing allowance instead of present 10 per cent of their salary.
He said he would take action to provide for all facilities needed for a modern army.
He assured them that he would take steps to provide low interest loans, that were being granted to the private sector, through the EPF, to the security forces and police personnel for housing and he would also lower the present time frame of 12 years service for eligibility to obtain these loans to 5 years service or less.
He said that he would provide opportunities for children of security forces and police personnel to enter leading National Schools in Colombo and would strive to bring peace with dignity to all citizens without division of the country.
Rajapakse said he would never betray the country and that he hoped to see all Tamils, Muslim and Sinhalese living together as one in their villages.
Rajapakse was accompanied by Deputy Minister Siripathi Suriyarachchi and EPDP leader and Minister Douglas Devananda. He was received warmly by the people who garlanded and cheered him. He also promised to provide compensation to the people who had been displaced from their agricultural lands and houses due to the high security zone
He told the security force, that the LTTE had not changed its position but and he would strive to achieve peace with dignity as he was not for war.