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* Sri Lanka President is committed to safeguard interest of all citizens
Sun, Mar 28, 2010, 09:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is committed to safeguard interests of all citizens irrespective of their community, religion, caste, and such divisions that compartmentalized the people.

Addressing a mass public rally held in Central Colombo last evening in support of the ruling party candidates, the President said he is personally aware of the needs of the people and the country and it is the need of the hour to join hands in securing the pride and honour of the country while taking care of those who love and work for the country.

The President said he will treat each and every one equally whether they vote the ruling alliance or not. Whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers or Malays, his prime responsibility was to protect those who care for the country and work for their development.

The President gave a firm assurance to end the era of the children becoming stooges of a handful of businessmen.

President Rajapaksa commented that the opposition United National Party which remained silent when Muslims were driven out of Muthur at the height of LTTE terror, now talking about the problems of that community.

Representing the Muslim community of Colombo Al Haj Moulavi Niyaz Mohammad, presented the President with an honorary title "Raja Raja Wanshi Friendship" for the initiative taken by the President to eliminate the minority concept.

Colombo District Freedom Alliance candidate Azath Sally, who organized the rally presented the Nava Yuga Dakma (Vision for New Era) to the President.

Colombo District Alliance candidates education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Azath Sally, Thilanga Sumathipala, and M. Ravichandran and Deputy Leader of the Upcountry People's Front P.Radhakrishnan. also addressed the rally. Minister Rajitha Senarathna, Presidential Advisor A.H.M.Azwar and Colombo Municipal Commissioner Omar Kamil also were present.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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