It is the SLFP that has made the freedom of the country meaningful.
The Party has always stood up for the country. The President expressed these views at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Party. The President said that the party has never attempted to come to power through conspiracies or killings. He said that in 1956 the children of the common man was emancipated and in 1972 through the Republican Constitution, the country was freed from imperialist shackles. In 2009 the party has provided leadership to defeat the most dreaded terrorists in the world. It is a party which anybody can enter or leave freely. But he said that those who have joined the party are a happy lot while those who left it are regretting.
The 60th anniversary celebrations of the SLFP was held at the Temple Trees under the Patronage of the President of the Party President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the theme ’60 years with the people’. The SLFP activists from all over the country participated in the function. The future of the party should be handed over to the youths who will take over the responsibility of the future of the motherland. The President further said that the present membership of the party is bestowed with the responsibility of fulfilling this responsibility through commitment to the party and the country. General Secretary of the Party Maitripala Sirisena also addressed the gathering. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Ministers, Parliamentarians , party organizers and activists participated in the occasion.