SLFP 61st anniversary celebrations today

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The 61st anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be held at the Kegalle Municipal esplanade at 3 pm today.

It will be held under the auspices of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who returned early yesterday after attending the 16th sessions of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in Teheran.

Senior Vice President of the SLFP and Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana said that 61 years ago on September 2, 1956, the party was founded by the late S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike who crossed over from the UNP with the late D. A. Rajapaksa.

The leadership of the party fell on to the shoulders of the late Mrs Sirimavo R. D. Bandaranaike following the assassination of her husband. She created history by becoming the world’s first woman Prime Minister, he recalled.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa followed in the footsteps to be the first leader in the modern world to eliminate terrorism, liberate all three communities and reunite them as one nation and one people under one umbrella as Sri Lankans, the Governor noted.

SLFP’s Administrative Secretary S. H. Ariyasena said that Party General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayath, People’s Alliance General Secretary and Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne and Party Deputy Chairman Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Treasurer Minister Dulles Alahapperuma will participate.

He said that all the leaders of the Constituent Parties of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have also been invited for the celebrations.

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