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President Rajapaksa offers prayers at Tirumala

by G.P. Shukla

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple here. Talking to journalists, he said he prayed for better ties with India and also for ‘peace and prosperity' in his country. “I had put in my best efforts in fostering relations with India.”

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Venkateswara temple at Tirumala on Friday. He said he prayed for better ties with India and also for his country's success in Saturday's World Cup final. Photo: PTI

To a question, he said his government accorded top priority to rehabilitate all displaced Tamil families in his country and there was no slackness of any kind in this regard. The President, who is scheduled to watch the World Cup cricket final between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday in Mumbai, said: “I also prayed for the success of my country's cricket team as you people do it for your country.”

Earlier, on his arrival at the main temple complex, Mr. Rajapaksa was accorded a traditional welcome by TTD Executive officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, JEO K. Bhaskar and Special Grade Deputy Executive Officer Lakshmikantham. ~ courtesy: The Hindu ~

3 Comments

Sri Lankan President seems to be suffering from a mental disorder and he needs immediate medical help!! He is known to have purposely destroyed Hindu temples and persecuted Hindu population in Sri Lanka, but every now and then comes all the way to India to worship in Hindu temples!!!

Posted by: silva | April 1, 2011 11:47 PM

"To a question, he[MR] said his government accorded top priority to rehabilitate all displaced Tamil families in his country and there was no slackness of any kind in this regard"-- What a big white-lie! He [MR] has to lie even in the temple while asking God to help him. Does he want the God Venkateswara, all so to listen and approve to his LIES? He can cheat the gullible people, but can he cheat the God?

Posted by: Dr Easwaran | April 3, 2011 07:28 AM

Sri Lanka is not the only country where every word and every act of the main political leaders is watched, scrutinised and commented upon. This, after all, is the very essence of democracy. Arjuna Ranatunga now feels the heat of being on the other side of the fence merely for stating something that is hardly unwarraned criticism.

It will not be long before politicians enter the fray and try to get some mileage of this. Already questions are being asked if divine help is needed it should have begun with our own temples in Anuradhapura, Kandy or even the Gangaramaya - where the Chief Incumbent is a vocal Govt supporter. The less charitable will raise questions if Hindu temples in India are now more favoured - after all the spat. A Place in the Sun in politics has its rewards those ensconsed at the helm will lament. It has many drawbacks too is what the Bard said in different words when he sang of the uneasiness of the head that wears the Crown.

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Posted by: Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan | April 3, 2011 03:06 PM

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