SLFP’s 60th anniversary commemoration:
SLFP’s strength, country’s strength -President
*SLFP has identified people’s needs
*SLFP, party of the common masses
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that as long as the people
flock around the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) no force can defeat the
He made this observation at the 60th anniversary of the SLFP at
Temple Trees held under the theme Minisun Samaga 60 Wasarak (60 years
with the people).
President Rajapaksa also stated that the SLFP has identified the real
needs and heart throb of the common people and they will remain with the
SLFP, and as long as they remain with the SLFP, no one could defeat Sri
President Rajapaksa said that during the last six decades,
governments under the SLFP had rendered an immense service to the people
at very crucial occasions, one being introducing the Paddy Lands Act in
He added that a government under SLFP, nationalized the import and
distribution of the trade in petroleum products while complete
independence was restored from British rule in 1972.
He added that the government under the same party brought about
genuine freedom by eradicating the most ruthless terrorist organization
President Rajapaksa also said that the SLFP has taught many lessons
to the world by practice. He said one is that terrorism could be
defeated and another is the middle path in politics.
He added that under the Mahinda Chintanaya vision we could remain
undisturbed during the global economic recess.
The President also said that although the SLFP is the party of the
ordinary people, it is not confined to the village, to a race, a
religion or creed but common to all.
He said the SLFP as a party has to play a pivotal role to create the
attitude among the communities that there is no differences such as
minority or majority, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay etc but there’s only
one nation. He added that SLFP has to work equally in South, North, East
and West to achieve this end.
He added that though the SLFP has come a long way during this 60 long
years, the SLFP has to foresee for another 60 years to serve this
The President also said that the SLFP can learn many lessons from its
own history. He added whenever the SLFP united with the progressive
groups and parties, the SLFP was successful while bringing victory to
the other parties joining it. “Whenever the SLFP and those parties
parted the SLFP lost along with the departed groups”. He also stated
that the SLFP is an open party. “Anybody can emigrate and anybody can
immigrate. But those who leave the party lost while those who joined
won.” Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary Minister Maithripala
Sirisena also spoke.