Secretary General of the Communist Party of Sri
Lanka (CPSL), Constitutional Affairs and National Integration
Minister, Dew Gunasekera said that the Socialist Alliance was
formed as a historical imperative to carry forward the people’s
struggle against neo-liberalist economic policies.
"The ethnic conflict in our country has proved
to be a formidable impediment in carrying forward the socialist
struggle," he noted.
The need, therefore, arises to reorient and
unite the left movement fighting against trends of Chauvanism,
fundamentalism and other manifestations of extremism, he told
the inaugural convention of the Socialist Alliance with the
representatives of the five left parties, CP, LSSP, SLMP, DVJP
and DLJ, meeting at the Public Library Auditorium in Town Hall
with the leaders of the five parties forming the presidieum.
Around 100 councillors of local government
institutions who were elected recently were also present and
felicitated. Minister Gunasekera said the Left Movement had
suffered a set back the world over with the collapse of the
Soviet Union and other socialist countries of Eastern Europe. He
said the doors were thereby opened for the forces of neo
liberalism to spread their tentacles causing misery to millions
of people in the developing world.
Within a short period of 15 years the whole
world drew its experience in life, witnessed the disasterous
consequences of Neo Libaralism and realised the need for a
struggle against those negative trends of development,
The last few years of the current decade
witnessed a resurgence of the left movement not only in the
developing countries but in the developed countries as well, he
Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharna moved a resolution
on the Economic and Social Policies while Vasudeva Nanayakkara,
the Leader of the Democratic Left Front stressed the need for
broader unity of all progressive forces to implement or make the
Mahinda Chinthanaya a reality.
Speaking further the Communist Party General
Secretary said a striking feature of this resurgence was the
formation of a broad left front (centre left and left) and the
return to power of the progressive leadership in Venezuala,
Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia etc., and neo liberalism being
rejected by the people through the ballot.
The trends were also discernible in Sri Lanka
with the election of the People Alliance (PA) and the United
Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) governments, he said.
Now that the world’s balance of forces are
shifting once again in favour of the working people the left
movement in Sri Lanka should be revived, he stressed.
Several resolutions on the peace process,
democracy, neo liberalism etc., were also adopted unanimously.
Ranjith Navaratne of the SLMP, P. M. Podiappuhamy of the DVJP
and Rajah Collure, General Secretary of the Socialist Alliance