He invited other political party’s supporting the SLFP and those who are willing to do so in the future to contest as a common front at future polls under the ‘Hand’ symbol. President Sirisena also invited SLFP parliamentarians in the Joint Opposition group to work within the party to form an SLFP led government in the future.“I took over the leadership to form a SLFP led government,” the President added. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that he will not bow down to any external threats.The President expressed this view at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 65th anniversary event in Kurunegala today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several SLFP members of the joint opposition did not attend the event. Speaking at the event, President Sirisena said all members of the party must unite to strengthen the SLFP instead of threatening to create new political parties. While observing that some were attacking him both openly and in secrecy, the President questioned whether they were conspiring against him as he is a man from humble background. He pointed out that he is the President who is mostly close to the general public as he came from a humble background when compared to the other six Executive Presidents in the country.“Why are they challenging me? Why are they attacking me? Is it because I am an ordinary small man? Is it because I am the first President of Sri Lanka to have been born in a mud hut? Is it because I am the son of a poor farmer? Is it because I am not part of the traditional ruling class of this country?” he queried.The President also stressed on the need to reorganize the party and form a clean political movement. He said the foundation for a clean political movement is necessary to form an SLFP led government in the future.