President Premadasa's death anniversary commemorated with military
honours on President's directive - Azwer
COLOMBO: "It was following the directive of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa that late President Ranasinghe Premadasa's death anniversary
was commemorated with military honours at Hulftsdorp this year," former
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Presidential Advisor A. H. M.
Azwer was addressing a campaign rally in support of UPFA local poll
candidates in Wekande, Hunupitiya, Suduwella and Armour Street, early
"R. Premadasa died when he was holding the office of Executive
Presidency. His family persistently made requests from his party's
leadership to provide military honours during Premadasa's commemoration
This was refused. But, when Sajith Premadasa spoke to President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the request was granted within eight hours and on May
1, Hulftsdorp heard for the first time, the sound of bugles and a
military guard of honour. Sajith and Madam Hema Premadasa had gratefully
acknowledged this magnanimous gesture of President Rajapaksa and had
telephoned him to express the gratitude of the late leader's family and
of the people whom he represented."
Azwer further said that UNP voters who value the great services of R.
Premadasa, and who are known as 'Premadasawadeen' have no alternative
but vote for the candidates of Mahinda Rajapaksa since he has shown the
true calibre of Premadasa in working sincerely for the people of this
country. There was a time, when even the name of Premadasa was almost
declared taboo to be used at UNP meetings for fear of reprisal of some
leaders in the party.
There is no UNP contesting the Colombo Municipal elections. The
mahout given incharge of the 'Elephant' has used his goad to pull out
the eyes of the poor animal and now alleges that it was a conspiracy
laid by the government. They say Colombo is the fortress of the UNP.
But it is the UNP itself that brought down the edifice by failing to
file its nomination papers properly. There are very efficient hands
working at Siri Kotha. If they were given the job, they would have done
a proper job and saved the UNPs skin, he said.
Even M. H. Mohamed, in his latest statement to the press, and totally
blamed the UNP leadership for the utter shambles to which they have
brought the party down.
Former Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, in a statement made before the
Working Committee of the party had levelled serious allegations against
his own leader and had described how the party had fallen into this
abysmal depth. There is no place for Muslims in the party and
acknowledged Muslim politicians are deserting the party at every level,
he has pointed out.
Azwer therefore appealed to voters of the Colombo, Galle, Kalmunai
and other Pradeshiya Sabha Councils, to vote for the Betel symbol and
ensure clean and steady administrations in all these local bodies, which
will be run during the next six years under a Mahinda Chinthanaya Maga.