President Maithripala Sirisena and my self reunited, for the betterment of the people and the country after a lapse of four years, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.“People praised President Maithripala Sirisena for appointing me as the Prime Minister endorsing the real mandate received at the last Local Government polls,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the ‘Rata Rakina Jana Mahimaya’ public protest rally at the Parliament Junction, Battaramulla.A large crowd of people participated in this protest in support of the government despite the heavy rains.“We thank the President for taking this decision for the betterment of the country and the people.“This was a serious course of action,” he added.
“However, the Prime Minister said it was not difficult for both of them to work together as they had a very old friendship.”“We seperated temporarily but are now reunited for the betterment of the people and the country,” Premier Rajapaksa added.“Former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is responsible for selling the country’s assets and resources that are to the people and the future generations to foreign countries.“He ruled the country in an arbitrary manner by putting a high debt burden on the public.” “Those were the reasons that urged us to go for a remedial programme,” the Prime Minister said.
“From the very the first day I assumed duties at the Finance Ministry, I looked for ways of reducing the tax burden and the fuel price.That is why we reduced them over a night,” the Premier stressed.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the previous government did not take these measures as they just wanted a luxury life while the people suffered due to heavy burden cast on them.“We are duty bound to look into the people’s welfare, develop the country and protect democracy,” the Prime Minister said.While stressing that they won’t allow anyone to break the unity between the President and the Prime Minister by spreading rumours, the Premier also requested all the minority political parties to join with them on behalf of their people in each and every part of the country to develop the country.
Thousands of Sri Lanka Freedom Party supporters together with the supporters of other constituent political parties joined the protest which was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.Former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Cabinet, State, and Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians, Provincial Council members, and members of Local Government bodies of the United People’s Freedom Alliance, religious representatives, civil society organisations and Trade Union members joined the rally.
Parliament Roundabout a sea of heads
Tens of thousands of people irrespective of their political affiliations yesterday thronged the Parliament Roundabout to express their solidarity with the new government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.Parliament road from Borella was a sea of heads as the crowds kept streaming into the Parliament Roundabout where the rally under the theme ‘Ratama Rakina Jana Mahimaya’ presided over by the President and the Prime Minister was held.People carrying placards with the pictures of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa shouted slogans denouncing the policies of the United National Party.They voiced anger over the UNP leader’s arbitrary decision to remain in Temple Trees even after a new Prime Minister is appointed in compliance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka.Among the massive crowds were farmers, state and private sector employees, trade union members, professionals and ordinary public.