Anu Nayake of the Asgiri Chapter Ven. Vendaruwe Upali thera says that people in the country experienced prosperity from the past, under a strong state built by a strong leader. He told media in Kandy today that people have become fortunate to experience the same under the leadership of President Gotabhaya Rajapakse. 6.9 million people in the country have given a huge strength to the president to lift the country out of the place it had fallen into. The thera said that president has been able to provide many benefits to the people amid various challenges during the last year. He pointed out that the president has taken steps to ensure national security while not allowing extremism and separatism to raise its head while strengthening Buddhism. Ven. Upali thera further said that the country would have moved very far on the path of development, if not for the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
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