Our Leaders – Sir John Kothalawala
The United National Party is the party that rendered the most service to this country. The following is the enormous service rendered to this country by the people friendly leaders who were committed to such tasks.
Prime Minister – 1953 to 1956
Party Leader -1953 to 1958
It is significant that several development projects got off the ground during the tenure of Late Prime Minister Sir John Kothalawala.
The Lakshapana hydro power project was launched during the tenure of Sir John Kothalawala thus commencing hydro power generation in the country.
In addition to this, the concept of providing houses to the homeless people also came to reality during this period with the launch of the Bambalapitiya housing project.
The modernizing of the Ratmalana airport, construction of the Kelaniya bridge and several more development projects got off the ground during this period. Several religious sites were also developed including the Mahiyanganaya chaithya. Membership of the United Nations was also obtained.