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Mahinda Rajapakse displeased with Jaffna election meeting

[TamilNet, Thursday, 1 April 2010 12:15 One Comment]

01_04_10_mahinde_03 Despite efforts by Minister Douglas Devananda and the candidates of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) it was possible to bring in only less than 400 persons to attend the propaganda meeting in which President Mahinda Rajapakse participated Thursday in Jaffna Duraippah Stadium, sources in Jaffna said. Mahinda Rajapakse appeared disturbed and displeased on seeing a small crowd and delivered an address which failed to cover the much expected and vital issues like the announcement of a proposal for a solution for the ethnic issue, resettlement of uprooted families in Valikaamam north in army occupied High Security Zone (HSZ) and restoring normalcy in Jaffna peninsula, the sources added.

The president first thanked those who voted for him in the presidential election and said that Tamils and Sinhalese should live as brethren and relatives. He further said that he will get the Tamils a solution for the ethnic problem in the form of ‘People’s Council’.

Mahinda Rajapakse’s helicopter landed in Nalloor Education Department playground Thursday morning and from there he was taken to Nalloor Kanthasuvaami Koayil for worship.

He next performed religious rites at the Naaka Vikaarai Buddhist temple in Aariyaku’lam where the chief incumbent welcomed him and conducted the prayers.

The president was then led to Duraippah stadium under heavy escort.

The people brought to the meeting had to pass through many check points with fences built with iron rods and netting where they all were thoroughly inspected.

They were allowed sit only at a distance of 200 feet from the stage.

Duraippah Stadium and its surroundings teemed with SLA soldiers, police personnel deployed to guard the president besides the presence of his special security team which accompanied the president.

Minister Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor Major. Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri, Jaffna Mayor Ms. Yogeswari Patkunam and the candidates of SLFP and EPDP were some of those present at the meeting

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  • Mallika said:

    The people of Jaffna care two hoots for the President. He has not done anything for them after the war. So they are still suffering immensly.
    So do you think they just need to and listen to him speak. For what???Rajapakse needs to prove that he is genuinely interested in the problems of the tamils and do things very fast, Till such time the image that they have of him will remain the same. To them he is NO hero.