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Representatives should identify needs of people: SL Prez

Oct 01, 2014

People’s representatives should buckle down to hard work by dedicating themselves to the service of the people, said Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President.

Colombo: It is the responsibility of each and every people’s representative in Parliament, Provincial and Local Councils to identify the needs of the people and act accordingly, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

If they did so, it would not be difficult to win each and every election, he added.

People’s representatives should forget their in-fighting for preferential votes and buckle down to hard work by dedicating themselves to the service of the people, the President said.

President Rajapaksa was addressing the gathering after swearing in the new Chief Minister of the Uva Provincial Council, and the newly elected Council members at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (Sep. 30).

The President, who said that he was totally unconcerned about the number of preferential votes polled by candidates in the selection for high posts, said the sole criterion for selecting candidates for posts is their good conduct and sacrifices made for the progress of the party.

The President said politicians should always live up to the expectations of the people by desisting from pursuits the people abhorred.

President Rajapaksa who observed that the UNP was pretending to have gained a massive victory at the Uva Provincial Council elections, said anyone listening to Opposition claims and pronouncements would be puzzled as to whether the government or the opposition won the election.

He said allegations about a computer jilmart and changing of ballot boxes were common whenever the Government won an election. “Whatever is said the UPFA gained a convincing victory at the Uva Provincial Council election and it was a victory of the people of Uva.

“When one compared the conditions which prevailed in Badulla and Moneragala districts in the past with the present, it was evident that the Uva Province had made vast strides in development in all fields after the UPFA gained power in the Provincial Council,” he said.

SOURCE: PRIU

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