Addressing a large gathering of SLFP, JVP, LSSP supportes and estate workers in Deraniyagala town, PM Mahinda Rajapakse asked `what has the UNP, MP done to develop Deraniyagala electorate during his tenure? On the contrary the SLFP had done much, including electricity and other facilities to estate workers. I would promise to resolve the remaining problems after assuming presidentship he assured.
Continuing the PM said, the UNP had been ruling this country for over 17 years, but took no action to resolve the ethnic problem. But now Ranil says, to establish peace to elect him as president. He had been PM for two years but failed to restore peace, but now he wants to be president and solve the ethnic crisis and restore peace. What a joke?` the PM asked.
Mr. Rajapakse also accused the private media of defaming him as a communalist. But he is not so, but committed to unite all communities and restore peace in the country. He said `I always respect the rights of the minority, there fore the latter need not be misled by the properganda of the UNP. The biggest achievement of the UPFA Government led by charismatic President Chandrika is the offer of 43,000 jobs to graduates, but the UNP never offered jobs to them, he claimed. Fearing the budget the UNP now went begging to the President to postpone it`.
Estate workers, he said should not be misled by the UNP but to have confidence in him the PM concluded.
SLFP chief organiser and Kegalle distric MP and Deputy Minister who presided at the meeting said, `The UPFA government will resolve all problems with the blessings of the President elect Mahinda Rajapakse`. More facilities he said would be afforded to rural people including estate workers.