Written by Staff Writer
08 Jan, 2017 | 9:23 pm
The national event to mark two years since President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to office, was held at the BMICH in Colombo today, January 8.
The event was held under the theme,The Sustainable Era – The Three Year beginning.
The Chief Minister of India’s Andhra Pradesh province Chandrababu Naidu, graced the event as the Chief Guest and delivered an address on the topic, Prosperity for all.
Notable attendees included Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge.
Numerous foreign dignitaries, representatives of the diplomatic corps, ministers and MPs attended the event, which was coloured with various cultural performances.
Speaking at today’s event, the Head of the State stated:
Today we are reaping the results of the development fairy tale of the previous regime with a massive debt burden of 9 trillion rupees. And at the same time while rebuilding the country not withstanding the economic crisis, various accusatory fingers are being pointed at us.
”Certain people are attempting to stage major protests and riot, over the Hambantota Port and Industrial Zone development, for which we are yet to finalise and sign agreements. Honourable Prime Minister, if Hambantota does not want these industries, give it to us in Polonnaruwa, I am ready to establish industry there….” added President Sirisena.
President Sirisena went on to note that that the previous regime left power and fled because they were unable to face the coming economic crisis and international opposition.
The daydreams certain people are seeing of toppling the government, will not come to fruition. We do not need to listen to empty noise. We will fulfill the responsibility entrusted to us by the people. No one needs to form new governments with me, I invite, I appeal to all of them, to join with this government to bring progress and development to the country… said President Maithripala Sirisena.
Born to a proud agrarian family in the major rice producing district of Polonnaruwa, Maithripala Sirisena was engaged in active politics from a very young age.
He was only 17 years of age when he was appointed the Secretary of the Polonnaruwa SLFP Youth Organisation.
His involvement in various struggles also caused him to suffer imprisonment in certain instances, contributing to his political maturity and commitment.
Maithripala Sirisena has been a full time member of the SLFP since 1978.
Having held many positions within the youth organisations of the SLFP, he was elected to parliament by the people of Polonnaruwa, in 1982.
Since then, he held many ministerial portfolios and positions in the SLFP hierarchy, and engaged in several initiatives for the people, remaining true to his vision.
He was appointed General Secretary of the SLFP in 2001.
Maithripala Sirisena sowed the seeds for his ascension to leadership and was known as a people’s politician who had identified the pulse of the agrarian community.
Through his service he gained the support of the people and the respect of his peers both in government and in the opposition.
His importance as a national leader led to several failed terrorist assassination attempts.
Maithripala Sirisena also served fearlessly as the Acting Minister of Defence on five separate occasions including during the final days of the war in May 2009.
Coming forward as the Common Candidate for the 2015 Presidential election, Maithripala Sirisena wrought a political revolution the likes of which had not been seen before.
Bringing together parties and communities across the length and breadth of the country, Maithripala Sirisena was elected the 6th Executive President of Sri Lanka.
The President then turned his attention to reconciliation and development through consensus based politics and public service, winning admiration both at home and among the international community.
Among the many intiatives that received widespread praise were the introduction of the Right to Information Act, the affirmation of media freedom, the curtailing of executive powers and the significant reduction in the budgetary allocation for the President.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who overcame many challenges to secure the support of the people and several political parties to ascend to the presidency, is now faced with the challenge of continuing his journey.
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