Won’t allow SLFP to be absorbed by any party – Amaraweera

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will once again prove to be a decisive force in Sri Lanka’s political future and will soon become the biggest party in the country, SLFP Vice President Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Speaking at the 68th annual SLFP convention in Colombo this afternoon, Amaraweera said the SLFP is the party of the underprivileged and will continue to represent all peoples.

“The SLFP has ruled this country for the past 20 years. The next decade will also see the country led by an SLFP-led alliance. Is there any other party that can unite parties representing all politics and communities?” he said.

The MP declared that the SLFP will not find itself at the mercy of any other party in the coming elections.

“We will not let this party be absorbed by any other party and get dissolved in it,” he said.

Amaraweera went on to say that the SLFP had faced many challenges in the past and there were times when the party was split into two and, in one instance, even lost the party headquarters. The time has now come to move on to the next step, he said.

“We were in a national government as a result of a party decision. In that unity government, so many told us not to govern with the UNP and come out. We have come out today, and we invite all to strengthen the SLFP,” he said.

Noting that there were no personal agendas at play, the SLFP vice president that any decisions will be taken with the consensus of all members and organisers of the party.

The party will go forward according to a national agenda on developing the country while protecting the identity of the party, he added.

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