The Working Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has honoured the President for his 40 year service to the nation.
Senior members of the SLFP including Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne attended the meeting summoned to honour the President.
The Committee members applauded the uphill task discharged by the President to uplift the party on behalf of the people, making various dedications at a time when the party was experiencing difficulties.
92 seats won with a percentage of over 60 at the Presidential polls and the electorates which registered the highest percentage of votes at the Provincial level were given awards. The 10 Parliamentarians who registered the highest preferences at the recent General election were feted. Among them, in the lead were Namal Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena and Basil Rajapaksa. The 20 Parliamentarians who polled the highest preferences were also honoured. They included Basil Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa and Sudarshani Fernandopulle. A special award was given to Deputy Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon for the highest percentage of votes received from the Karandeniya electorate during the General election. Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijelal de Silva came in for special acclamation on behalf of an outstanding service discharged by him for the Ambalangoda electorate at the Presidential election.
Addressing the SLFP working committee, the President emphasized that public representatives should not forget the voter.
He said they have been entrusted the responsibility of improving the lives of the people. They expected economic development, upliftment of the villages and improving infrastructure. As such, the President emphasized they could not remain in Colombo after being elected from their villages. He added that all of them have to play a responsible role without forgetting the people who elected them.
Members of the Maha Sangha and SLFP officials were among those present.