Parliament condoles Chandrasekeran:
Chandrasekeran a great statesman
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament met at 1 pm
After the presentation of papers and oral questions, the House took
up the Vote of Condolence on Minister P Chandrasekaran.
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala
de Silva: As a Urban Councillor, Provincial Councillor, Deputy
Minister and Minister, P Chandrasekeran rendered yeoman service to the
Tamil community. Late Minister P Chandrasekeran was elected to
Parliament from the Nuwara Eliya district.
As a Public Utilities and Estate Housing Minister, he contributed
immensely to the plantation sector, the people of Indian origin. He was
appointed Estate Sector Infrastructure Development Minister in 1997. He
studied at Sumana Demala Maha Vidyalaya in Talawakele.
He was later admitted to St Patrick Vidyalaya in Thalawakele and
Highland College in Hatton for higher studies. He married Shanthini Devi
and was the father of two children. He entered politics by being elected
to the Lindula Urban Council in 1979. He was the leader of the Youth
Front of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) in 1977.
He was removed from the CWC and set up his new party the Upcountry
He provided a yeoman service to the country as an MP. He represented
the estate sector and dedicated himself to serve them.
The late Chandrasekeran served the people without any ethnic
difference and was always ready to help the people.
He contributed much to protect democracy and fulfill the needs of the
people. I wish to convey my condolences to his bereaved family.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe: Late Minister P
Chandrasekeran represented the people of Indian origin. He did a great
service for the uplift of their livelihood.
The underprivileged people were well looked after. I first met him
when I was the Education Minister. He discussed the estate school
teachers' problems with me.
He actively involved himself in social and community development of
the Tamil community in the estate sector.
As a Deputy Minister of Irrigation, he took measures to repair minor
irrigation projects in the North and East. He was committed to protect
the trade unions rights of the workers in the plantation sector.
National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva
Nanayakkara: Late Minister P Chandrasekeran represented the working
class of the upcountry people. He provided a great service to the youth
as Chairman of the Youth Wing. He represented the aspirations of the
Tamil speaking people and fulfilled their needs. He stood for the common
identity of the Tamils. His support became a great help to consolidate
the power of the UPFA.
His party always stood for democratic reforms.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa: P
Chandrasekaran was a politician who rendered a good service to the up
country people. He supported the UPFA from its outset to secure its
seats in Parliament.
He remained as a Minister of the Government until his demise. But
with the consent of the Government, he always abstained from casting his
vote during the motion to extend the State of Emergency.
He also contributed immensely for passing the Labour Ordinance.
Chandrakumar Murugesu (UPFA): He initiated the Up Country
People's Front in 1989 which was very popular among the up country
people. He was also a popular leader among the up country youth. He
worked very hard to end the people living in estate line room.
Mavei Senadirajah (TNA):
Deputy Chairman of Committees Chandrakumar Murugesu takes the Chair.
I knew late Minister P Chandrasekaran for 40 years. He always stood
for the identity of the Tamil community.
Chandrasekaran from his young age attempted to save the rights of the
Tamil people and the up country people.
P Rajathurei (UPFA): The late Chandrasekaran was engaged in
trade union activities. He was always of the opinion that the up country
youth should join politics going beyond the trade union activities.
Later on, he founded the Up Country People's Front.
He was once jailed while contesting an election. He exploited his
experiences for his success.
P Digambaran (UPFA): My teacher in politics was late P
Chandrasekaran. He was a cog in the wheel to those who thought politics
was a property of their families.
When the UPFA lacked a seat to form the Government, P Chandrasekaran
took an important decision by supporting the UPFA.
Science and Technology Minister Tissa Vitharana: On behalf of
the Lanka Samasamaja Party, I speak on the Condolence Vote of late
Minister P Chandrasekaran.
He was born in Talawakele and became evolved his politics from the
Ceylon Workers' Congress. Later on, he formed the Up Country People's
Front and played a crucial part at the forming of the UPFA Government in
Prabha Ganeshan (UPFA): Late Minister P Chandrasekaran had a
good understanding about the socio and economic problems of the up
country estate workers. He did his best to uplift the livelihood of the
up country people and also attempted to render his services to the
He initiated a project to provide 50,000 houses for the people of the
Education Deputy Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa: The late P
Chandrasekeran was a revolutionary politician with unique features in
his political policies. His decisions were very important to uplift my
If he did not form a Government in 1994, I would not be able to be
the Chief Minister of the Uva Province. Later he had certain problems
with the Government, but he supported me irrespective of those problems.
J Sri Ranga (UPFA): The late P Chandrasekaran stood not only
for the rights of the Up Country people but he also raised his voice
against the terrorist activities in Jaffna as well.
While many other politicians were silent, P Chandrasekaran, spoke
against terrorist activities bravely.
S P Radakrishnan (UPFA): He founded the Up Country People's
Front. He never was a politician who went after Ministerial portfolios.
He always wanted to revise the life standards of the Up Country people.
R Yogarajan (UNP): Late P Chandrasekeran was a revolutionary
leader. He was a trade union activist and a friend to all. He rendered
his services to all communities.
A H M Azwer (UPFA): In the book titled Thirukural it is noted
that if a man is born, he should be born as a good person or he should
not have been born. He was a popular person among all communities,
Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims. Specially he was a friend of the ordinary
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa takes the Chair
Late P Chandrasekaran married Shanthini Chandrasekaran and was the
father of two daughters. He followed in the footsteps of late Arumugam
Thondaman and joined politics. He had a vision and he fought hard to get
the salaries of the estate worker increased and save their rights.
Human Resources Senior Minister DEW Gunasekara:
He was a great politician, social worker and trade unionist. I
closely associated with him for the last 24 years. He was a young leader
who emerged from the plantation sector. He started the Upcountry
People's Front and gave a new lease of life to the upcountry people.
He always gave ear to the grievances of the Tamil community. His
demise was a great loss to society as well as the Tamil speaking people.
Private Transport Service Minister C B Ratnayake:
Late Minister P Chandrasekaran, represented the plantation community.
He raised his voice on behalf of them. He believed that the plantation
sector were a part of the main contributers to the national economy.
He solved many problems related to the workers of the estate sector
as a trade union leader.
Karu Jayasuriya (UNP):
He involved himself in his family business during his young age after
the demise of his father.
He was a great politician and provided a great service to the Tamil
A. Vinayagamoorthy (TNA): I was closely associated with the
late P Chandrasekeran for the last 18 years.
He was taken into custody on two occasions and I appeared on behalf
of him and got him released.
He did a lot for the upcountry people, and was in the position of
winning any election representing the up country. He was a great leader.
Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena: His
demise is a great loss to the estate working sector.
He acted bravely to win the rights of the working class. He committed
himself to provide better living standards to the Tamil community.
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem: The late P Chandrasekeran was one of
the greatest leaders who represented the plantation sector. Many
plantation workers gathered around him. He believed that all Tamil
speaking people should be united.
He was a great political leader who served the Tamil community
immensely in Sri Lanka. He had great humane qualities and always thought
the interests of the people.
Dayasiri Jayasekera (UNP):
The late Minister P Chandrasekera, rendered yeomen service to the
Tamil community. We always had a great respect for him.
He served the people irrespective of cast, creed or race. He had a
strong feeling for the Tamil speaking people. This humble politician,
did not go after material goods. His primary concept was protecting the
The House was adjourned until February 23.
Speaker warns Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday instructed the Chief Government
Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to inform
the Ministers to be present in Parliament to answer the questions for
oral answers raised by the members.
The Speaker made this directive in Parliament, when the members of
the House brought to the notice of the Speaker that there were no
Ministers to responde to the question for oral answers.
In response to the observations by the Speaker, Dinesh Gunawardena
stated that he had instructed the Ministers, their Deputies as well the
Senior Ministers to do so. He also questioned as to what could be done
if they did not abide by those instructions.