President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was not prepared to go with a begging bowl to the world, no matter what situation arises in the country.
`I am not ready to go with a begging bowl to the world under any conditions that may arise in the country,` the President said.
The President also said that there were a large number of people who were ready to crossover to the government, but he was not ready to accept them now. `I have closed the door temporarily for them, if I open it they would crash through the door and cross over to the government,` he said.
Addressing a public rally in Ratnapura, the President added that there were certain media organisations that worked according to the LTTE`s agenda. `Currently, there is an overflowing of media freedom in the country, anyone can see it when reading the Sunday papers,` the President said, adding, `despite this, some still say there is no media freedom at all in the country.`
Commenting on the human rights situation in the country, the President asked whether there were any dead bodies burnt on tyres today. `You can`t find such a situation even in the north and east,` he said.
He said that there were some people who were trying to show the world that there was no media freedom and that people couldn`t live freely.
He also claimed it was the utmost duty of his government to provide an environment where every ethnic group in the country could live freely.
The public rally was organized by the district Ministers and led by Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne, to educate the people in the area on the government`s future plans to develop the district.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Seneviratne said that action would be taken to launch the `Kaluganga` development project in order to minimize flooding in the Ratnapura district. He added that a full fledged Cricket stadium would be also constructed in the district.