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* Sri Lanka's First Son emphasizes need for rural development in maiden speech in parliament
Wed, May 5, 2010, 10:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's governing UPFA parliamentarian and First Son Namal Rajapaksa making his maiden speech in parliament yesterday (04) said that rural development was essential to prevent youth uprisings.

MP Rajapaksa after commencing his speech by expressing his gratitude to the people of Hambantota who had voted for him also recalled that the voters of Hambantota had thrice elected the youngest MPs in parliament.

He observed that the country should continue to have certain emergency regulations since terrorism still lingered under the ashes.

"It is important to relax the emergency regulations totally. However, remnants of terrorism are still lingering under the ashes," he noted.

Referring to a quote from 'Che' Guevara, he said that a guerilla movement could flourish only in rural backwaters where there were no facilities for the youth and quoting slain LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran he said the Tiger Leader had once claimed that only children from economically backward families joined his movement.

Therefore, Rajapaksa observed that development should trickle down to the villages to ensure benefits to the youth.

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