The Second Anniversary celebrations of the election of President Maithripala Sirisena took place today. Celebratory events took place at the President’s House and at the BMICH. President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Chief Minister of India’s Andra Pradesh State Chandra Babu Naidu and many other Ministers and MPs took part in the event. An exhibition of newspaper cartoons depicting the Head of State was also declared open today by the President.
Presenting the opening address Chief Minister of Andra Pradesh Chandra Babu Naidu said Sri Lanka can attain significant progress because it is already leading the region in many sectors. The Chief Minister who is here on the invitation of President Sirisena said Sri Lanka is a leader of the region in the fields of health and education. He praised Sri Lanka for eradicating Malaria and also praised the President for his enthusiasm to provide quality healthcare continuing his good work during his time as the Minister of Health.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the government should comprehend the true predicament of the current situation of the country and should come together to develop it. He said, “we were open about the situation of our economy with the public. The Prime Minister and I have been honest about it”.
He said everyone should comprehend the correct status of our economy and should come together to face that challenge to develop the country and move forward as a nation.
He said, “I urge you to make a sacrifice for the country. We can come through. We can develop and move forward. We can become a great nation with a prosperous economy”.
Meanwhile addressing the event Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said those opposing foreign investment are not harming the President or the government but are only causing harm to the youth of this country who seek employment. He said some people wish to sabotage the development journey and stop the inflow of investment. He said these groups intend to prevent the development of areas such as Hambantota and Monaragala that are lagging behind.
He said, “this opposition will not affect the President or the government. They are simply causing harm to the youth who seek jobs and ways to improve their income. It will affect parents who want a quality education for their children. It is just a betrayal of the public”.