President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday pledged to form a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) government in the near future, while also underscoring the need to ensure the SLFP will be a ‘clean’ party soon.
Speaking at the SLFP’s May Day rally in Galle, Sirisena said that no one can stop the SLFP from emerging victorious. “From now onwards we will commence a journey to strengthen the party, and we need to build this party to be a clean party, so we can form a government in the near future,” Sirisena said.
He also called on all political parties, political leaders and trade unions who wish to see the country progress, to join him in this journey.
Rajapaksa, speaking at the joint opposition May Day rally in Kirulapona said that he had built the SLFP to be a strong party, but now under its current leadership the SLFP is slowly losing its identity as the UNP is dictating terms to it.
“Everything is decided by the UNP, the SLFP has no say. When I was the leader of the party, no one, not even the UNP could defeat it. But, today they are dictating terms to the SLFP, and the SLFP is losing its identity,” he claimed.
Rajapaksa also criticized the government’s recent tax revision. “Your love life will go for a six, girls and boys, because from the 100 rupee reload, you will only get talk time worth 53 rupees because of the taxes,” he added.