President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday urged the public to have faith in him to establish a new political culture devoid of corruption, fraud and family rule, in the same way he voluntarily transferred significant Presidential powers to Parliament, as promised during the Presidential Election 2015. The President who was speaking at the final rally of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party held at Polonnaruwa yesterday evening, pointed out that he gave up extensive Presidential powers amounting to a king and is fulfilling his promise for a corruption free country which he will also succeed at. The President emphasised that he would never allow any room for corrupt politicians to rule regardless of whether they are with or separate from the government.
He said that he walked out of the Rajapaksa regime in 2014 because he wanted to fight corruption, misappropriation and nepotism which ruled the country. “I am not ready to work with corrupt politicians or save them. I will never shield them. I have not stolen a cent in the last 50 years of my political career. The biggest challenges against developing that this country faces are a corrupt political system and politicians, who we must get rid of,” the President said.
President Sirisena also remarked that he is not engaged in vengeful politics. He requested leaders of the previous regime to participate in a debate on the development initiatives initiated by the government for the last three years. “We are trying to elect honest and corrupt free politicians from the grass roots level to develop our villages. The UNP also has gone for the same theme which aims at developing the village,” he said.
“Yet former President Rajapaksa requests people to turn this election into an opportunity to topple the government,” President Sirisena also pointed out. President Sirisena added that the present government is not selling off its resources and assets like the Rajapaksa regime did. He observed that there has been a rapid development process implemented in the last three years.“I will not allow this country to be separated, nor will I ever let anyone sell off this country. I promise to protect this country with my life,” the President added. President Sirisena also expressed his confidence that the SLFP would secure a great victory at the forthcoming Local Government Elections.
President Sirisena said the present government has achieved much progress in the reconciliation process. He said a trilingual school will soon be established in Sri Lanka by investing Rs. 7.5 billion funded by the Indian Government. The President added that health sector, international relations, agriculture and other key sectors in the country are progressing steadily in sync with cultural and social developments.