Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says they will never betray the country.
Addressing the fifth National Convention of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna held at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Colombo today, Prime Mahinda Rajapaksa said the whereabouts of the youth who volunteered to paint murals in various places in the country after the SLPP won the 2019 Presidential Election are not known today.
The Prime Minister said the party should reinvent itself and SLPP politics should prevent such youth from lining up to leave the country.
Commenting on the teachers’ trade union action and farmers’ protests, the Prime Minister said the reputation and popularity of a party is not protected by governing authority.
He said the government must engage in politics with the public while also maintaining state institutions.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the teachers’ and principals’ struggle and farmers’ protests spiral out of control since political figures do not listen to the concerns of the aggrieved.
He said the public’s opinion must be respected adding the more the party distance itself from politics the opposition creates chaos in order to achieve narrow objectives.
The Prime Minister said in order to solidify the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, they must engage in politics even while in power and not expect government officials to carry out tasks on behalf of the party.