Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will rise again with the power of the youth to lead the country in a genuine political journey.
"You have given a message to the country. You have given a message to all political forces. The message you have given to all those is that Sri Lanka Freedom Party will rise again with your power to lead the country in a honest political journey," the President said addressing the SLFP National Youth Convention yesterday.
The National Youth Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was held under the patronage of President Sirisena at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, on Sunday under theme "Strength for the solution". Over 12,000 youth from all corners of the country participated in the National Youth Convention, organized by the Party's Youth Front, after a lapse of 13 years.
Speaking further the President said the political thirst of the young generation as well as the public of this country, is to see an honest, energetic and a clean political movement. He emphasized that he will not hesitate to take action against those who are charged with frauds, corruption and misuse of State funds and resources, irrespective of their political affiliations.
President Sirisena further said that he accepted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairmanship not to crown any of his family members, but to lay the foundation in ushering a prosperous future for the country. He questioned as to why he is being obstructed by certain persons to taking the party forward, after he was offered the SLFP Chairmanship.
Praising the thousands of youth attended the convention, the President said the successful youth conference is a strength to the forward journey of the country.
"Your attendance today is an enormous strength to correct the course of the government, and give a clear message to the government for the right path," the President said.
During the National Youth Convention the report of the SLFP Youth Front and the first copies of the "Visaduma’" book and "Nidahas" newspaper were presented to the President.
The Souvenir issued to mark the National Youth Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was also presented to the President during the event.
The Maha Sangha including the other religious leaders, General secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Minister Duminda Dissanayake, UPFA General Secretary, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Senior Ministers and MPs of the Party including Senior Vice President of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Youth Front Chairman former Deputy Minister Shantha Bandara ,Secretary Eric Weerawardena and a large number of young people were present at the event.