The President stated this while addressing the 64th anniversary commemoration of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party held at Rajarata Navodya sports ground at Kanduruwela in Polonnaruwa this afternoon.
The anniversary held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena were participated by the Maha Sangha, leaders of other religious denominations, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, party ministers and MPs, party senior members, electoral organizers and party members.
While delivering the welcome address, party General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was not present as she was out of the country.
Later, SLFP General Secretary handed over a SLFP publication – Siri Laka newspaper and the 64th anniversary souvenir to President Maithripala Sirisena.
The key note address of the 64th anniversary was delivered by the professor of the Sinhala unit of Colombo University Dr. Sarath Wijesuriya.
During his speech, Professor Wijesuriya highlighted two occasions where Sri Lanka Freedom Party committed mistakes.
Addressing the gathering, President Maithripala Sirisena stated despite changes that have taken place in politics within a year, it is a positive sign for all party members to throng around one platform.
Expressing his views the president reiterated that political enmity should be eradicated for the benefit of the country.
This is the first Anniversary commemoration taking place in the party after the appointment of Maithripala Sirisena as Leader of SLFP as well as President.
Many veterans in the party including the former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Dimu Jayaratne have also participated in the commemoration ceremony.
However it is reported that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is still notably absent.
Former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has also participated in the commemoration ceremony.
Our correspondent stated that, Maha Sangha, priests of other religious groups, seniors of the party, Ministers and MPs, organizers, party members and a large number of people have attended the commemoration.
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