Friday, May 2, 2008

Govt. victory will fulfill Easterners' aspirations, assures President Mahinda Rajapaksha

Mammoth crowd at first-ever May Day rally in East:

The Eastern populace is poised to hand over a resounding victory to the Government at the May 10 Provincial Council Election to continue the momentum of the Eastern Resurgence programme, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared yesterday in May day rally.

President Rajapaksa was addressing the historic May Day rally held here, symbolising the new dawn in the East after more than two decades of LTTE tyranny. The first ever May Day celebration in the East by a major political party since independence was attended by a massive crowd.

"We know the Easterners are a grateful people. They will show that on May 10. They will never let Prabhakaran take back the East. A vote for the Government is a vote for peace and development. A vote for the Opposition will be an endorsement of Prabhakaran. We need your support to take the development process forward," he told the massive gathering.

This year's May Day celebrations in the East should be dedicated to the heroic Forces who spearheaded the humanitarian mission to liberate the people who were living under LTTE clutches for more than two decades, the President said.

He said a Government victory in the East would further encourage soldiers to liberate the Northern masses as well.