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SJB Unveils Electoral Pledges at May Day Rally

At its May Day rally, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) unveiled a comprehensive list of promises, signaling its commitment to implementing various initiatives if elected to office.

Among the pledges outlined were the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, initiating a fresh investigation into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks, and the creation of programs to support smart farming and fishing practices. Additionally, the party vowed to foster a favorable environment for investors, generate employment opportunities, and establish Silicon Valley-style IT zones in every district.

Other commitments included offering higher interest rates for senior citizens’ deposits and the establishment of smart schools. Notably absent from the pledges were proposals aimed at advancing labor rights, a significant departure from the traditional focus of May Day celebrations.

Addressing concerns about political promises, SJB leader Sajith Premadasa asserted the party’s dedication to fulfilling its commitments, emphasizing that failure to deliver on promises had not been an issue for the SJB thus far.

Premadasa further outlined the party’s vision for inclusivity, promising to address the concerns of minority communities and combat extremism. He pledged to initiate new investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks in collaboration with Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.

Denying allegations regarding liquor licenses obtained by SJB MPs, Premadasa reaffirmed the party’s stance against such practices. He pledged to revoke all liquor licenses through parliamentary resolution once in power and asserted the party’s integrity, stating that no member could be swayed by monetary rewards.

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