Mervyn continues antics on reality show

By Shamindra Ferdinando


UNP MP Rosy Senanayake yesterday chided MP Mervyn Silva for shooting off his mouth even after President Mahinda Rajapaksa had stripped him of his deputy highways ministry portfolio for tying up a Samurdhi officer to a tree two weeks ago.

An irate Rosy said that Gampaha District MP Silva had not learnt a lesson, though being reprimanded for taking the law into his hands. The Colombo District MP Mrs Senanayake was responding to MP Silva, who warned artistes not to destroy the industry.

Tough talking MP Silva said: "If they continued, I’ll have to take action. I cannot look the other way when arts and culture are being destroyed.

MP Mrs Senanayake shot back: "It would be better if you learnt a lesson at least now."

MPs Silva and Senanayake are judges on Swarnavahini’s Mega Star reality show. Saturday’s appearance was MP Silva’s first since President Rajapaksa stripped him of his portfolio. The SLFP suspended MP Silva’s party membership pending a disciplinary inquiry.

Much to the discomfort of MP Silva, compere Kamal Addararaachchi addressed him as former Deputy Minister prompting the latter to sing a few lines of an old Sinhala hit ‘Lokaya Peralai…" He went onto to say that the only flower without fragrance was rose, prompting Addaraachchi to point out that the MP was wrong again. ‘As far as we know, bougainvillaea is the only flower without fragrance," actor Addaraachchi said.

A dejected MP Silva said that anything that someone did with good intentions would never go wrong. In an obvious reference to tying up of a Samurdhi officer for failing to attend a dengue eradication programme, MP Silva said that he was being targeted by some television channels due to his role in Mega Star.

MP Silva, who had been severely critical of UNP Gampaha District MP Upeksha Swarnamali, on numerous occasions on the show, likened her to Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai and went on to praise her performance. MP Silva said: "You are beautiful. Don’t hesitate to call me if you need any assistance and I’ll give you a special telephone number." MP Silva’s unexpected change prompted UNP MP Swarnamali, whose sensual dance captivated the audience to say: "Sir you are in a happy mood today."

Towards the end of the show, MP Silva and UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera exchanged a few words over the former’s conduct. Kurunegala District MP, Jayasekera said that many people felt that he should not have performed before a man like MP Mervyn Silva, but he believed the UPFA MP was one who had an interest in music.

But nothing could have prepared MPs (Mervyn, Rosy, Ranjan and Swarnamali) for the last act by Saliya Sathyajith, who brought the entire line-up of Swarnavahini’s political satire ‘And Company’. Sathyajith’s cover-version of ‘Pathalaya’ (underworld gangster) cast people’s representatives in a bad light, calling them narcotics dealers and thieves.

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