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Chandrika Kumaratunga vows to give leadership in the fight against conspiracy to destroy SLFP

Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has vowed to lead the fight against conspiracy to destroy the Sri Lanka Freedom Party that holds democratic norms and principles in high esteem at the expense of her life.

She made this announcement in a public statement issued on Monday. In her statement, Chandrika said:

“I assure to give leadership to the new movement to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party that has arisen after the current leadership signed and alliance with the SLPP. All efforts should be taken to prevent attempts by a set of conspirators to destroy the party which has ensured the democratic rights of the people. I vow to lead the forces to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the expense of my life. I will give the leadership to the battle begun by party members for the protection of the party.

The party has been betrayed to a set of conspirators to achieve narrow and petty objectives of several individuals through an agreement. This agreement was signed on October 10 which fell on the 19th death anniversary of legendary leader of the party and former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

The party has failed to field a candidate for the upcoming election to elect the 7th executive president of the country though the party has contested all elections since independence. The founder of the party sacrificed his life for the sake of upholding democracy. Former SLFP leader Sirimavo Bandaranaike had to face untold hardships and disgrace in her endevour to ensure the democracy in the country. Thousands of SLFPers sacrificed their lives for this cause.

The SLFP is not a political party comprising fraudsters or murderes. It is a party of the downtrodden masses in the country. Our party members do not want to see an era in which racism, lawlessness and despotism reign again. SLFP is a political party that pioneered in freeing the country from the shackles of imperialism and brought real freedom to the country.

Our party ruled the country more than any other party because it was committed to uplift the democracy, freedom and equality. The party under Bandaranaikes for 54 years did not kill people nor did it plunder the public assets. The SLFP uplifted the national economy by adopting people friendly economic policies. The party produced prime ministers, presidents and community leaders. The less privileged in the society were strengthened economically and educationally under the party’s rule.

I call on all SLFPers to use their vote rationally in the forthcoming presidential election.”


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