|“It’s possible,” President
tells CMC candidates
We have done the
impossible and winning the Colombo Municipality
would be the same, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told
the 59 UPFA candidates contesting the Colombo
Municipality, summoned for a meeting at Temple Trees
He urged the candidates to strive hard to transform
Colombo into a wonder city in Asia.
He recalled how his government ultimately found a
solution to the city’s garbage problem, an issue at
which all previous governments had failed.
He dismissed rumours that shanty dwellers in the
city would be shifted to outstations. Instead they
would be provided flats in the city itself,
President Rajapaksa said. He cited instances in the
recent past where shanty dwellers in the city were
shifted to flats and also the displaced pavement
hawkers were provided better alternatives.
The President urged the candidates to maintain the
cleanliness of the city during the campaign period.
According to a release issued by the Presidential
media unit, Rajapaksa requested the candidates to
engage in house-to-house campaign and avoid accusing
each other during that period.