A ‘known devil’ is better than an ‘unknown angel’, Rajapaksa…

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Sri lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday urged northern Tamils to vote for him, the “known devil”, as he was better than the “unknown angel”, as he referred his principal challenger Maithripala Sirisena.

Addressing a public rally in Jaffna, a week ahead of Sri Lanka’s presidential polls, Mr. Rajapaksa said he had invested “billions of rupees” in the North, and not as much in the South, or his own village.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main Tamil party has pledged support to common candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the January 8 election.

The government, the President said, had given a special thrust to education in the North, and that reflected in the very good scores obtained by the students there.

Highlighting his government’s development efforts, including re-launching the Yal Devi train to Jaffna, he said: “If you all support me, I will fulfil all my promises to you.”

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