SLFP marks 69 years today | Sunday Observer

SLFP marks 69 years today

2 September, 2020
Founders S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike and D.A.Rajapaksa

The 69th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be celebrated today giving priority to religious events.

Multi-faith religious ceremonies will be held to mark the occasion and commemorate the SLFP leaders and members who have passed away, a Party spokesman said.

A special Bodhi Pooja will be held at the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya at 6.00 pm today. Islamic religious activities will be held at the Dewatagaha Jumma Masjid Mosque today at 10 am SLFP Colombo District Organizer Fawzan Anwer said .

Hindu religious ceremonies will be held at Nallur Kovil in Jaffna and the Vishnu Kovil in Dehiwela.

A Christian religious ceremony will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Slave Island.

The late leaders of the SLFP such as the late Prime Ministers S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike and D.A. Rajapaksa, Anura Bandaranaike, Maithripala Senanayake, T.B. Tennakoon, Badurdeen Mohamed, S.M. Marikkar (Sinhala Marikkar), Alavi Moulana, Haleem Ishaq, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Alfred Duraiappah and all other leaders and members of the SLFP who passed away will be remembered.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was founded by S.W.R.D Bandaranaike in 1951 and, since then, has been one of the largest parties in the Sri Lankan political arena.

It first came to power in 1956 and since then has been the predominant party in government on a number of occasions.

The SLFP join hands with the ruling SLPP at the last general election and also supported President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election. Former President and Polonnaruwa district MP Maithripala Sirisena is the current leader of the Party.