For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 00:05 GMT]
SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa visiting Jaffna and ‘celebrating’ Pongkal on Monday reacted to media reports that pointed out his ‘conspicuous silence’ about an aid he was politically capitalising. Meanwhile, the SL president who is coupling a terror campaign with his campaign for a colonial polity, ‘celebrating’ a Tamil agrarian festival in military occupied Jaffna, spending millions of rupees and intimidating people to attend it, while the agricultural lands of the Tamil country are seriously deluged in the floods making hundreds of thousands homeless, was nauseating to the public, media sources in Jaffna said. But addressing along with Rajapaksa, the SL minister and the ‘host’ of the event, Douglas Devananda declared that “today the polity of collaboration is on its victorious march.”
Provoked by media reports on his complete silence about the British aid to a bridge he was inaugurating Sunday, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that these media fail to see what takes place in the country.
“These media fail to see that it is we [Rajapaksa regime] who construct all these on loans and that we have to pay back. I will never hesitate to borrow money if it is to develop the country,” Rajapaksa said.
“When we declare open a causeway bridge, it becomes a bridge built under foreign aid for some media, and if we construct houses to resettle people, such houses are seen as being built under foreign loans by these media that refuse to see things that take place in the country,” Rajapaksa further said.
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