May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's government coalition party National Freedom Front (NFF) said today that the proposals the party put forward for reforms are aimed at preventing the hostile forces from taking governing powers in the country.
Addressing a media briefing convened Sunday to explain the proposals for reforms adopted at the party's second annual convention earlier this month, the NFF leader and government Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the proposals are aimed at positioning the party and the government to successfully face the social, economic, cultural and moral challenges in the country.
He said the need has risen for the government to adopt a new strategy to face those challenges. The government needs new programs to ensure that law and order is maintained, permanent peace is achieved, and that there is harmony among different religious and ethnic communities, he added.
The government needs to make more progress culturally, Weerawansa said, adding that his party's 12-point proposals aim to comprehensively support the government to achieve those goals.
The Minister accompanied by a party delegation presented the 12-point proposals for reforms to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday and discussed them at length with the President.
Following the meeting with the President, the Minister in an apparent change of tone from his earlier rebellious stance, said the talks with the President ended satisfactorily and he is hopeful that President would give him another opportunity to discuss the proposals after he (the President) discussed them with the senior leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
However, Weerawansa said his party doesn't want to make a common ground for hostile forces to take over but if not acted soon to change the course of the country, it is an inevitable result that no one can prevent.
He dismissed the idea of a common candidate for the president saying that the country did not need a common candidate but a common programme. Wimal laughed at the common candidate and branded the common candidate as a common substitute to bear the defeat, when there are no candidates for the parties to field.
He pointed out that Sri Lanka has not so far experienced the effects of ushering apolitical characters into political power.
He also vowed to take a strong decision unless they would not be able to change the path of the government positively.