July 12, Colombo: The Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requested the youth to contribute to the development of the country with new ideas and join him change the political process to build the country.
The former Prime Minister speaking at a ceremony to launch a youth movement of the party said the political process of the country should be prepared according to the views of the youth and he was always prepared to work for it.
The ‘Parapura’ youth initiative was officially launched yesterday (July 11) at the Solis Hall in Pitakotte under the patronage of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The event was organized by Sathira Sarachchandra, former Director of the National Youth Services Council and Randula Abeydeera of the Green Blood Organization and a large number of youths participated in the event.
Ranil Wickremesinghe had a lengthy discussion on the current political agenda of the country's youth.
Recalling the opportunity former President JR Jayawardene in 1977 gave to the then young politicians like Gamini, Lalith and himself and how the youth’s contribution was used for the development of the country by adapting to youthful ideas, the UNP leader said he is always ready to listen to the youth’s ideas.
Following the initiation of the youth movement, the UNP leader said it was refreshing to have a dialogue with a room full of youth who want a new political culture.
“It was refreshing to have a dialogue with a room full of such enthusiastic young minds who not only want to become a part of the conversation but are willing to drive a new political culture and be a part of Sri Lanka’s Politics and Governance. Let’s move forward together!”
The policy statement and the official web site of the ‘Parapura’ Youth Initiative was also launched at the event.
Former Minister of Youth Affairs Sagala Ratnayake, former Minister Daya Gamage, Colombo District candidate Udara Ratnayake, UNP National List candidate Lasantha Gunawardena and a large number of young people were present at the occasion.