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UNP remembers first PM D.S.Senanayake

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe paying a floral tribute to the statue of the late PM D.S.Senanayake at the UNP headquarters yesterday.
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe paying a floral tribute to the statue of the late PM D.S.Senanayake at the UNP headquarters yesterday.

Just as the British Colonial rulers divided and ruled the country before Independence, some groups that rule the country today are trying to divide the people on ethnic and religious grounds and rule them merely for petty political gain, UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene said.

Addressing the UNP Independence Day celebrations at the Sirikotha party headquarters yesterday Wijewardene charged that some were even preparing to change the country’s National Flag.

The party’s Independence Day celebration was held under the patronage of United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The party leaders hoisted the National Flag and paid floral tributes at the statue of Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister in the post-independence era D.S.Senanayake. This was followed by a special memorial address on D.S.Senanayake.

Wijewardene recalled the services rendered by the late D.S Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka and the founder of the United National Party.

He said that it was the UNP which ruled the country after Sri Lanka gained independence from the British and also played a pivotal role in achieving the task.

Wijewardene said it was also the UNP which united all people under one flag irrespective of ethnic, religious and other differences. He said however some ruling party politicians were adopting the divide and rule concept of the former British colonial rulers today and were trying to divide people on ethnic and religious lines purely for political advantage. He said people should reject such moves and rally round the UNP to unite people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds under one flag once again.