NUA joins SLFP
National Unity Alliance (NUA) Members led by Minster Ferial Ashraff
joined the SLFP and obtained SLFP membership cards from President
Mahinda Rajapaksa at a ceremony at Temple Trees yesterday.
This was inkeeping with an earlier decision taken by the NUA to join
the SLFP and assist the President's program aimed to rebuild the country
enabling people of all communities to live in harmony in a peaceful
atmosphere. President Rajapaksa speaking on the occasion said that in
politics there were no permanent friends or enemies. The duty and
responsibility of people-friendly politics was to clearly understand the
needs of the times.
The President said the decision taken by the NUA to join the SLFP was
an impetus for national unity at a time when people of the country had
rallied round to co-exist with all communities while safeguarding their
Minister Ferial Ashraff said the SLFP had given the leadership in
eliminating the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world and it was
the duty of all patriotic people to assist the nation-building effort of
the President who had provided the leadership to the SLFP in that task.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on behalf of the party, I
wholeheartedly welcome minister Ferial Ashraff and others who joined our
party today. In politics, there are various eras. In each era, there
emerges epochal men. Also there are no permanent friends nor enemies in
politics. Former Minister Ashraff fulfilled the need of one era which is
now over. Today the people of this country can freely travel anywhere
and speak their own language. Today we witness the emergence of a new
era where everybody respects one another. We are not prepared to talk
about the minority people and majority people.
Today we are witnessing the emergence of people who both love the
country and don’t love the country,” President Rajapaksa said.
“Therefore, we have a responsibility today to rally round as one
nation under the SLFP which has become a very strong political party.
All nationalities should work together and very closely in this changed
era. We have Muslims living in the remotest parts of Sri Lanka. There
they preserve their identities. They speak their own language. They also
live amicably with others in these areas. We need to integrate ourselves
with society at times. We have respect the culture of others while
maintaining our own.
“Today every society is prepared to get along well with the members
of another society.
In this context, the decision taken today is a great source of
encouragement to national unity. This is a historic event. No one of us
should beg before another nation. No one should be subservient to
another community. In 2005, during my visit to the East, I said I would
not allow one community to be under the jackboot of another community. I
have fulfilled this promise in my four year of rule. Therefore, we must
become very stronger politically today. Today we must decide between the
choice of being united as one strong nation or remain divided. SLFP
General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena and several other senior
SLFP leaders were also present on the occasion.