If one slings mud at the government with jealousy and hatred, the government in retaliation will not sling mud on those who do so. Anyone has the right to criticize the government, but it should be constructive criticism.
This was stated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the mammoth final rally of the United People’s Freedom Alliance held at N.T.Dayananda grounds at Debarawewa in Tissamaharama Wednesday (26). The rally was organized under the theme Sathutai Nidahasai Dinawamu (Let us make happiness and the freedom victorious).
Speaking further the President said that certain people furnish false details and data to foreign elements, including certain NGO's for their sustenance and financial gains. He said that the government protects the rights of all communities, religious groups and people living in all parts of the country which is the greatest of all human rights.
The President asked what all these people who talk about Human Rights today did when the LTTE massacred thousands of innocent people during those dark days desecrating even religious places of worship? He said that at that time the so called Human Rights campaigners were silent and were scared to utter a word against the LTTE for fear of the terrorists. He pointed out that when the LTTE attacked devotees in Anuradhapura, killed members of the Maha Sangha at Aranthalawa or massacred Muslims while they prayed at mosques these so-called human rights champions were totally silent. He added that people who were talking about religious harmony now, did not utter a single word then.
The President pointed out that all ethnic groups in this country are now living in peace and harmony in one united nation. He said that the patriotic people are waiting for a clear election victory at the forthcoming Provincial Council elections, while the Opposition is eagerly looking at the Geneva poll. The President also said that the Government is certain to win the Provincial Council elections and therefore is unconcerned about the outcome of the Geneva election.
He also emphasized that the UPFA victory would accelerate the rapid development drive which the country is witnessing.(Niz)