Vidura urges MR to act to ensure national well-being



By Shamindra Ferdinando

UPFA MP Vidura Wickremanayake has urged former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take tangible measures for the well being of the country and the SLFP.

Kalutara District Joint Opposition member Wickremanayake said that the former President had the strength and the courage to take decisions for the betterment of the country, therefore he should intervene now.

The MP made the appeal at the funeral of his father, former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake at Horana.

Turning towards former President Rajapaksa, the MP said that others lacked the strength to tackle the crisis and only the former SLFP leader could do it. President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and TNA leader R. Sampanthan were among those present on the occasion. Political party leaders and the Speaker paid glowing tributes to the late Premier with Mrs Kumaratunga recollecting how Wickremanayake told her not to expect his support for a political project as he didn’t believe in it.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s condolence message was read out by Minister John Amaratunga.

A teary-eyed Wickremanayake said that his late father had immensely regretted the split in the party and wanted to settle differences. The MP revealed how his father wanted to bring President Maithripala Sirisena and former Presidents, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa on one stage at Horana in late April 2015. However, that plan had gone awry due to the parliament meeting on that day to endorse the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake had felt that bringing them together at Horana would help to settle the crisis in the party.

MP Wickremanayake said that the late Premier was only second to S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.

The MP used the opportunity to castigate the current political system and those who did nothing to rectify the situation. The political system was in such a sorry state, he felt that selling bulath vita was better than being in politics. MP Wickremanayake said that he sometimes felt that he wasn’t equipped to engage in politics in Sri Lanka.

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