President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the 1956 revolution led by late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike should be renewed and continued for the benefit of the people.
Addressing the golden jubilee celebration of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna at Nawa Rangahala yesterday the President said that the great 1956 revolution united all leftists and nationalists forces.
The President said that several prominent political leaders such as the late Mr. Bandaranaike, the President`s father D.M. Rajapakse and W. Dahanayake formed the MEP and brought about the 1956 revolution.
The late Sirimavo Bandaranike also continued the policies of the MEP he said.
However, there were others who worked to reverse it. ?We should ask ourselves to which camp we belong? The President said.
He also said that many opposed him when he united all the left parties and nationalist forces saying that SLFP will be destroyed in that process.
?Some feared that I was going to take a different path but the people placed their trust on me?
The Leader of the MEP and Minister of Urban Development and Water Management Dinesh Gunawardene said that the people of this country have enjoyed many benefits from MEP politics. He said the MEP introduced the EPF, and gave birth to state ventures such as the People`s Bank and the Transport Board.
He said that the MEP remained with the SLFP for many years although few differences separated them a couple of times.
Mr. Gunawardene pledged MEP`s support to Mahinda Chinthanaya.
Former President Chandrika Kumratunge`s message called upon the present leaders of the 1956 revolution to solve the problems in the North and East.
She also sent her felicitations to the MEP on its anniversary.