The Sri Lanka Freedom Party the main constituent party of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee with great pride.
Although the country gained independence in 1948 through a collective effort, it was clearly witnessed that the aspirations of the nation had not been met although many years had lapsed. It was with the intention of meeting the objectives of the public that patriotic leaders such as S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and D.A. Rajapakse went in search of a new path, giving up Government privileges. These patriotic leaders succeeded in bringing to one front within a short period all sections of the people. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the new political sapling was born at the Colombo Town Hall in the year 1951 as a new Left Force. The name of Kurunegala Parliamentarian H. Sri Nissanka who christened the newly established Political Party as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is still remembered.
A new Government was established with the 1956 revolution bringing together all forces, after a very short period. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party which embarked on an indigenous path to meet the aspirations of the common masses had rendered an immortal service for several decades ruling the motherland as a political party and a strong Opposition Force. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party which achieved the pride of bringing to the world the first Woman Prime Minister and also the prudential leader, who uprooted terrorism which plagued the country for three decades, took the initiative of directing the country towards the correct path from then onwards up to date.
The common masses still remembers with gratitude the yeoman service discharged by the party on behalf of the lamenting working class by staging the July Strike and Pada Yathra, bearing unending difficulties while remaining in the Opposition. The Party is now celebrating its Golden Jubilee during the reign of its present leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He gave the leadership to the massive national task of vanquishing terrorism. It has now become the single strong party to have 117 seats in the Sri Lanka Parliament. An era like today in which the party is so strong has yet not been recorded in its 60-year history.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party which was armed with the Bandaranaike vision in the previous era, has embarked on a journey from 2005 enriched with the Mahinda Chinthana, to make Sri Lanka the “Wonder of Asia.” A period such as the Mahinda Rajapaksa era which has won the Presidential elections, the Parliamentary elections and secured power of all Provincial Councils as well as the rule of a majority of the Local Councils with a strong peoples mandate with a democratic framework, has not yet been recorded. It is the only wish of the people to see the Sri Lanka Freedom Party flourish in the future on behalf of the motherlands as a political force which is enriched with leaders who identify the pulse of the people.