Help Govt develop country
||Ven. Aturaliye Ratana
People must rallyround to build their motherland giving up all
differences as reiterated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his
speech at the ceremonial opening of the Parliament, said Western
Province Governor Alavi Mowlana.
The LTTE terrorist scourge would have been eradicated long ago had a
president of the stature of Mahinda Rajapaksa being voted to office.
We are determined to herald a new era - for the country after the
defeat of Prabhakaran and his notorious clique.
The communal mindset must be done away with and all citizens be
designated as Sri Lankans. Hereafter, there won’t be the so called major
or minor communities in the country as emphasised by the President.
Ninety percent of the Muslims in India voted for the Congress Party
led by Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defeating other
political parties which propagated communal policies. It is time for all
Sri Lankans to work hard to rebuild the motherland, he said.
Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thera, Hela Urumaya Parliamentarian said that
the killing of Prabhakaran brings peace to the nation. People need a
peaceful environment without fear or suspicion, he said.Sri Lanka should
not depend on loans alone. We had already paid back double the amount of
loans granted by the United States of America. In our road to self
sufficiency it is essential for us to have all our food and energy
requirements met locally, he stressed.
Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services
Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had
the grit to solve terrorism within a record three years. He is endowed
with wisdom, patience and equanimity to settle other outstanding
national problems during the coming years. We as Cabinet ministers
extend our support and cooperation to him to solve the country’s
problems and undertake the responsible task of rebuilding the
motherland, he said.
Raja Collure, chairman Communist Party said that the government led
by President Mahinda Rajapaksa had realised the causes of terrorism.
Eradicating terrorists led by Prabhakaran from the society brings peace
and harmony to society. If the causes of the national problem are not
resolved terrorism could raise its ugly head again.
We had faith in the President that he will go for a reasonable fair
political solution for the decades long national problem, he said.
Former UN Social Development Regional Advisor for ESCAP and Former
Regional Director for Commonwealth Asia Pacific Youth Development Leel
Gunasekera said that fifty percent of the problem relating to the IDPs
in the North would be settled after about 250,000 of them are relocated
in their former lands.
In social development, it is expected to wipe off the last tear from
the eyes of the poorest of the poor, Either North or South the aim of
our development drive should aim at eradicating poverty, he said.
A social development plan addressed to all sections of the terror
stricken notheren society including children, widows, adults and youths,
must be implemented without delay as proposed by the Presidential Task
Force for North “Uturu Wasantaya” chaired by Presidential Senior
Advisor, MP Basil Rajapaksa, he stressed.
In his speech to Parliament, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the
need to unite and work for the uplift of the motherland. The noble duty
of all citizens is to sacrifice their lives to achieve the development
goals of the motherland like our great forces who sacrificed their lives
during the humanitarian operation which ended with a great victory, he