Written by Bella Dalima
13 Dec, 2014 | 7:54 pm
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party which has a proud history and will not crumble just because someone left: nor will it take pride when someone joins.
The President made this statement while addressing a meeting in Narahenpita on Friday.
The ‘Jaya Abhimani’ programme which was presided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa was held at the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita. This meeting was held for those who were elected to local government institutions and provincial councils from the party since 1991.
The President shared these views:
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party in its history has always been betrayed. Apart from four secretaries, everyone else left the party. Some even left and came back. Tissa joined us from the United National Party. That is a different story. But this is the end of the road. Once you come here, there is no turning back. My door is like a saloon door. You can either leave or enter. But just because you leave we will not fall apart and neither will we hold pride just because you joined. So we do not have a problem. I told Tissa to come. I got only one day. So, I told Tissa that the press is waiting, so lets go and hold a press conference. He was reluctant, saying that he cannot do that and that he needs more time. Because he said that he needs to hand in his resignation letter to the Party Leader and once he hands in his resignation letter he would come. So, the fact that he first handed his resignation letter to Ranil Wickremesinghe and went to Sirikotha and told his party members that we was resigning and why he was resigning showcases the gentlemanliness of Tissa Attanayake. That is his quality. Tissa isn’t someone who eats hoppers in the night and then stabs you in the back in the morning.”
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