President pledges to develop Kelaniya while preserving its historical heritage

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is campaigning in Gampaha district for the second time today in support of the candidates of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) contesting next week’s Parliamentary Election, pledged to develop the city of Kelaniya preserving its historical heritage and pride while curbing drug menace and underworld.

The “Ten Fold Kelani Declaration” aimed at the development of the area was presented to the President at a meeting organized by SLPP candidate Sisira Jayakody, President’s Media Division said.

While paying attention to the issues raised by the people present at the venue, President requested the public to elect a strong Parliament to ensure a development process that preserves the grandeur of Kelaniya.

Attending a public gathering organized by candidate Nalin Fernando in Ja Ela President inquired into inadequacies in the area and Rajapaksa stated that he will take steps to reduce the flood risks in Gampaha district by renovating all the canals in the area. The President also promised to take steps to develop the Ja-Ela city.

The Maha Sangha at a public meeting Andiambalama area in Katana highly commending the ‘Saubhagye Gewaththa’ (Home Garden of Prosperity ) program launched by the government pledged to make the religious places including the temples as a center point to promote this program among the public. The Maha Sangha pointed out the importance of using all the religious places to distribute seeds and information.

A group of students gathered at the venue requested the President to swiftly implement the proposed education policy in ‘Saubhagye Dekma’, policy statement which will enable the students to complete their degrees at the age of 20.

Maha Sangha led by Prof. Ven. Kumburugamuwe Vajira Thero, Ministers Dinesh Gunawardene and Prasanna Ranatunga, candidate Prasanna Ranaweera, Dr. Seetha Arambepola have accompanied the President at the public meetings.

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