SLFP assured of Tamil support again
Before terrorism broke out, a considerable percentage of the Northern
Tamils supported the SLFP.
Hence, sooner than later a similar situation would emerge under
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership, said Minister of Petroleum
Industries and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha.
He was speaking after the ceremonial inauguration of the new SLFP
Headquarters for the Northern province at Nallur Road, Jaffna.
Many prominent Tamil leaders such as Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappa
joined the SLFP during Prime Minister Sirima Banadaranaike’s regime and
the party flourished, commanding the support and goodwill of the people,
With the end of terrorism after almost three decades peace and
democracy restored, a situation similar to which prevailed earlier will
emerge soon, the Minister said.
Many development programs are being implemented under the
Government’s Vadakkin Vasantham development goals. These include the
restoration of train services to Kankesanthurai, the restoration of
bridges and culverts and the rehabilitation of all highways, he said.
He also sought the support of the people for the forthcoming Local
Chief Organiser Angajan Ramanathan said that he opened the office in
close proximity to the Jaffna city following the request of party
In coordination with President Rajapaksa and the Ministers, he had
done many tangible things to address the day-to-day problems of the
people including securing employment opportunities for educated youth,
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, G.L. Peiris, Dullas Alahapperuma,
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Tissa Karaliyadda, Jagath Pushpakumara and
Reginald Cooray, Deputy Minister Hisbullah and several MPs were also