I have not struck personal agreements with the UNP : President Sirisena (Watch video)

I have not struck personal agreements with the UNP : President Sirisena (Watch video)

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Jun, 2015 | 9:26 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena, at a SLFP meeting held in Dambadeniya on Sunday June 14, guaranteed that he will stand firm in the face of any challenges and will continue with the social transformation he has initiated.

He went on to state that he has not struck personal agreements with the United National Party and that only a front was formed. He said 49 organisations signed the 100 day programme of this front. He added that the 19th Amendment, the 20th Amendment, peace and democracy in the country were part of this program,e and it has been accomplished.

The president said he has done his part in this programme over the past several months, with the support of parliament. He went on to say some people do not like transformation and that he does not like confrontational politics between the UNP and the SLFP. He added that political culture does not suit a developing country.

He noted that when it is said that we must work together to change this, that is when they pelt stones at him. Regardless, he said, it must be said clearly that every political leader who has tried to bring about a transformation anywhere in the world, has faced serious challenges.

He added that ministers boycotted Prime Minister Bandaranayake’s cabinet and in three and a half years there were about 400 strikes. He said this is something that politicians who bring about transformation must face but the politicians who give leadership to the transformation do not fear the bullets or the bombs. President Sirisena said they have brought about a transformation in the world, with the support of the people and as such Sri Lanka, also must be transformed

He was speaking at a rally held under the theme Ekvemu-Jayagamu-Vedakaramu, with the purpose of raising awareness among SLFP activists.

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