Currency notes to have Rajapaksa’s picture

Updated on Dec 04, 2009 02:13 AM IST

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a commemorative Sri Lankan rupees 1000 note with the picture of serving President Mahinda Rajapaksa on one side and a group of soldiers hoisting the Sri Lankan flag on the reverse, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

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Hindustan Times | BySutirtho Patranobis, Colombo

It’s been issued to mark the victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but perhaps with a crafty eye on the approaching Presidential polls in January.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has issued a commemorative Sri Lankan rupees 1000 note with the picture of serving President Mahinda Rajapaksa on one side and a group of soldiers hoisting the Sri Lankan flag on the reverse.

The CBSL said the note marked “the ushering of peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka’’ after the Tigers were defeated.

Mangala Samaraweera, part of the United Front opposition, has said he would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission that the release of this note close to an election amounts to campaigning.

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