Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister and Mahaweli Development State Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has heaped praises on President Maithripala Sirisena for preparing the youths to take up the mantle of leadership as and when necessity arises. He stated that the founder of Sri Lanka Freedom Party SWRD Bandaranaike too had done so during his times.
He was addressing a meeting held at Middeniya recently. He went on that the SLFP has several leaders in its front-line along with President Sirisena. They are Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa. The second tier leadership in the SLFP includes Duminda Disanayake, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, Dilan Pererra, Vijayamuni Soysa, Dayasiri Jayasakera and Peshala Jayaratne. Several youth leaders were also being built up in the SLFP today including Anuradha Jayaratne and Taranath Basnayake. Many other young parliamentarians were also contributing towards the effort to steer the SLFP forward.
He added that today the SLFP was moving forward from strength to strength. Another section was clamouring to break up the SLFP. History proved that those who tried to divide the SLFP were always doomed. No one would be allowed to break up the SLFP. The ordinary masses loved and followed the SLFP like a religion.
He stressed that the UNP-SLFP consensus government was able to restore within two years the image of the country which had earlier been relegated to pariah status. The government was able to gain many other victories for the country including the GSP plus facility. The country today had no enemies because all countries treated it as a friend.