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Dilith Jayaweera Advocates for “Modern Nationalism” in New Political Alliance

June 01, Colombo (LNW): Leader of the Mawbima Janatha Party, Dilith Jayaweera, has introduced the concept of “Modern Nationalism” as a central theme for his party’s new political alliance, ‘Sarva Jana Balaya’. In a recent statement, Jayaweera emphasized the need to redefine nationalism, distancing it from its traditional associations with racism and ethnic division.

Jayaweera explained that Modern Nationalism involves leveraging a country’s resources effectively to achieve national development, a practice he says is common globally but often misinterpreted in Sri Lanka. He cited examples from the USA and India, particularly referencing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaigns.

“This approach is about using resources practically to maximize a country’s potential,” Jayaweera said. “It’s crucial to clear the misconceptions that have historically clouded the idea of nationalism and move beyond past divisions.”

The policy agreement for ‘Sarva Jana Balaya’ was signed in Colombo on Monday by Jayaweera along with representatives from several political groups, including the National Freedom Front’s MP Wimal Weerawansa, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya’s MP Udaya Gammanpila, and Yuthukama National Organization’s Gevindu Kumaratunga. This alliance aims to foster economic, political, and social development in Sri Lanka through a unified approach.

MP Wimal Weerawansa highlighted that the alliance’s most suitable candidate would contest for President, emphasizing the coalition’s inclusive and strategic nature. He also addressed rumors about the National Freedom Front’s involvement in the Dr. Shafi “Wanda Kottu” incident, denying any direct accusations and stressing the importance of a thorough investigation by authorities.

Weerawansa added that the National Freedom Front’s role was to request proper inquiries, not to determine guilt, underscoring the party’s responsible political stance.

The ‘Sarva Jana Balaya’ alliance looks forward to expanding with more groups in the future, aiming to introduce Modern Nationalism as a pathway to a more united and prosperous Sri Lanka.

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