I am Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena. I joined the
Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1979 as the secretary of its district
organization and became the president of the All Island Sri Lanka
Freedom Party Youth Organization.
I joined mainstream politics in 1989 and has held several ministries since 1994 and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
In 1989, I contested for the general elections from the Polonnaruwa District and became a member of the parliament. In the general elections of 1994, I obtained the highest number of preferential votes. After this, I was made the Deputy Minister for Irrigation and Mahaweli Development.
I was elected to be the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. In 1994, and was appointed the Minister for River Basin Development and Rajarata Development, a newly created Ministry.I served as the Cabinet Minister for Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development and currently serving as the Minister of Health in the current government of Sri Lanka.