President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that patriotic people were awaiting a clear election victory at the forthcoming Provincial Council elections, while the Opposition was eagerly looking at the Geneva poll.
The President was addressing the final election rally of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at Debarawewa in Tissamaharamaya yesterday. The massive public rally was organized under the theme Sathutai Nidahasai Dinawamu in support of the UPFA candidates contesting the March 29 Provincial Council elections at the N.T. Dayananda grounds.
The President added that the people who loved the country were keen on being a part of the election victory. The Government would strengthen its successful forward march by many fold with the Provincial Council elections victory on March 29.
The President further said that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Session in Geneva, would be held parallel to the Provincial Council elections. "The Government is certain to win the Provincial Council elections and therefore is unconcerned about the outcome of the Geneva election," the President said.
The President said that betraying one's motherland is similar to betraying one's own mother. Patriotic people never betray or harm their motherland. The forward march could not be hampered by mud slinging campaigns.
"If one slings mud at the Government with jealousy and hatred, the Ggovernment will not sling mud in retaliation or in return on those who do so," the President said.
He further said that anyone had the right to criticize the Government, but it should be constructive criticism.
"Certain people furnish false details and data to foreign elements, including certain NGO's for petty gains. The government protects the rights of all which is the greatest of all human rights," the President added.
"What were all these people who talk about Human Rights today doing when the LTTE massacred thousands of innocent people during those dark days? The so called Human Rights campaigners were silent and were scared to utter a word for fear of the LTTE. All ethnic groups in this country are living as one in peace and harmony. All Sri Lankans live in one united nation," the President added.
The President also said that there was no doubt about the UPFA winning the forthcoming Provincial Council elections, when considering the mammoth crowds attending UPFA rallies. The people have understood that a UPFA victory at the election was a victory for the people and the country. He said a UPFA victory would be a victory for the nation, which had been placed on a rapid development track after been liberated from the clutches of terrorism. He added that people who were talking about religious harmony now, did not utter a single word when the LTTE attacked devotees in Anuradhapura, killed members of the Maha Sangha at Aranthalawa or massacred Muslims while they prayed at mosques.
"A UPFA victory would accelerate the rapid development drive which the country is witnessing," President Rajapaksa said.