President says no hidden deals with TNA and Muslim parties

President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated that he has not signed any hidden agreement with the Tamil National Alliance and Muslim political parties, as accused by some political opponents.

“The only agreement I signed is with the people of this country, there are no other agreements with either Tamil or Muslim political parties,” President Sirisena told the Eastern District Committee meeting held at the Trincomalee District Secretariat on 3 March.

The President pointed out the importance of building unity, peace and brotherhood among all the communities in the country and said he would ensure the right of every citizen to live with equal rights.

slmc and tnaDuring the meeting President further said that we should make efforts to make the new era created with the blessing of every single community a true one. Everyone should be committed to achieve this, he added.

“Political positions are not to enjoy luxuries but to serve the people,” the President reiterated. “Our political culture became a corrupted one because our politicians did not realise this fact.”
The discussions centred on health, education and agriculture in the province.

The Eastern Province contributes 17% to national milk production and measures should be taken to increase productivity, the President said, while pointing out the necessity of implementing short- and long-terms measures towards this end.

Steps to be taken in order to alleviate poverty in the Northern Province and further develop the area were discussed in detail during this meeting.
Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan, Parliamentarian R. Sambanthan, Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando, Chief Minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed, political party representatives and public officials attended the meeting.