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PARLIAMENT

Condolence motions:

Seven former MPs remembered

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody presided yesterday when Parliament met at 9.30 am.

The House took up the condolence motions of late Members of the Parliament Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi, Protus Thisera, JP Obeysekera, P B G Kalugalle, M H Amit, Major General Sarath Munasinghe and Wilfred Senanayake.

Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena moved the condolence vote of late MP Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi.

Dinesh Gunawardena (Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip):

Late Deputy Minister Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi was elected to Parliament in the 1960s. He also worked as the North-Western Governor. He initiated his career as Village Headman and later was appointed as a Grama Sevaka.

He was married to Podimenike Weerasekara who gave birth to two daughters who are Technology and Research Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi and Attorney Prasannadevi Wanniarachchi.

He was elected to Parliament in 1967 from SLFP representating the Pelmadulla electorate. Thereafter he was re-elected in 1970. He was a leading politician who was in the forefront of Pada Yathra, Jana Goshawa and Minis Danwela. He was a well-read person and had good knowledge in politics, Buddhism and indigenous medicine.

He was a good Buddhist and has taken steps to develop temples in Ratnapura district. He also supported almost all other temples in the country.

He rendered a great service to the workers in the estate sector in Sabaragamuwa Province.

This great and pious politician died on October 5, 2007.

Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): When he died in 2007 he was the Governor of North Western Province. He was elected to Parliament in 1967. He was an exemplary politician who supported the people in Sabaragamuwa immensely.

Prime Minister D M Jayaratne:

Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi was born in Nawalapitiya and later lived in Ratnapura district. He was a good cultivator and ran a tea estate. Thereafter, he joined politics. Those days he worked cordially with us. Unlike today the politicians maintained a very good relationship with each other irrespective of parties.

Once when Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the Prime Minister, she called Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi, T B Jayasundara and myself who were Members of Parliament and said there was one chance for one of us to be a minister and asked us to select one person. I proposed that Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi should be the minister. But he rejected. When both of us insisted, he accepted the post. He was an exemplary person.

Janaka Wakkumbura (MP): He was elected to Parliament even before I was born. He had rendered a great service to the Ratnapura district. The people loved him so much that the people came to polling centers in boats even during floods to vote for him. People elected him to Parliament defeating Sitha Molamure.

A H M Azwer takes the chair

Ven Ellawala Medananda Thera (UPFA):

Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi was one of the most valuable persons found from the Ratnapura District.

He was honoured because of his great qualities. He worked for the benefit of the people and he provided services to the public. He was an exemplary politician.

Y G Padmasiri (UPFA): Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi always appreciated the rural life. He obtained his education from the Pelmadulla Central College. He was appointed as a Grama Sevaka and served the public. Then he switched on to politics. I closely associated him at the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and we learnt a lot from him.

S B Nawinna (Consumer Welfare Senior Minister): Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi who initiated his career as a Gammuladeni has rendered his service as a Parliamentarian, Deputy Minister, Opposition Leader in the Provincial Council and a Governor.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara (National Languages and Social Integration Senior Minister):

Dharmadasa Wanniarachci was an exemplary person. He was an idol of humbleness. His face was the mirror of his heart. He never went after wealth and power. But both came after him. He generously spent his money for the public.

After his brother Karunasena Wanniarachci's death, he was elected to Parliament. We saw the radical nature of Karunasena in Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi as well. That radical nature was to create a better society for the public.

Kamala Ranatunga (UPFA): The late MP Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi, was a great politician. He played a major role in women empowerment in Sri Lanka. He always treated people with good qualities. He never hated any person around him.

Human Resources Senior Minister Dew Gunasekera: He was a Leftist who did not want to support Capitalism. His political ideas and views were very dear. As a Deputy Industries Minister, he commenced several large scale projects. He always upheld his policies.

Pubic Adminstration and Home Affairs Minister W D J Seniviratne: As an experienced politician, late MP Wanniarchchi: rendered yeoman service to the people of Ratnapura district.

He always spoke of serving the people. He was a devoted Buddhist and had a close relationship with the Mahasanga.

After the House passed the condolence vote on late MP L Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi, the chair announced that the Hanzard containing speeches made by members during the vote would be sent to the relations of the late MP.

The House then took up the condolence vote on late MP Protus Tissera.

Water Supply and Drinage Minister Dinesh Gunawardene: Late MP Protus Tissera represented the Nathandiya area. He was born in 1926 in Wennapuwa and was the chief organizer of the Nathandiya electorate. He engaged himself in genuine politics to serve the people.

He was the pioneer to provide land to the poor. He did a great service for the advancement of agriculture and development of infrastructure facilities. He gave his fullest support and contribution for the social and religious activities in his area. He passed away on October 14, 2007.

Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): Late MP Protus Tissera, rendered a unique service to the people. He was treated by the people as an honest and humble leader. He was committed to serve the people.

Prime Minister D M Jayaratne: Late MP Protus Tissera was an energetic person. He always raised his voice against injustice.

He made his contributions mainly for the social and economic development of the country. He always moved with the people. He had great religious concerns.

His aim was developing the country by fulfilling the needs of the people. The late MP carried out his duties in a responsible and competent manner.

Social Services Minister Felix Perera: Late MP Protus Tissera was a Leftist. He was at the forefront of Leftist activities.

I had very close contacts with him and visited many areas and moved with the people. He distributed land to the poor.

Joseph Michael Perera (UNP): He was a person who genuinely loved the ordinary people. He had gentlemant qualities. He became a unique character in his district. He always lived with the common man and realised their needs.

Social Services Senior Minister Milroy Fernando: Late MP Protus Tissera, had donated land. He was also helpful to the village folk and helped them to start their livelihood activities. We are unable to forget his services rendered to the people.

Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne: Late MP Protus Tissera, began his political career as a village councillor. He was elected to Parliament from the Nattandiya electorate. He rendered a valuable service by providing land to the destitute. Fisherfolk were given many facilities under his leadership.

Victor Anthoney (UPFA): He was a great and brave character, who never clashed with his political opponents. Today, people in his electorate reap the benefits of his political and social activities. He had been able to win the hearts of the common people.

Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Jayarathne Herath: As a village councillor, he came into active politics in 1970. He donated his own wealth to the poor. He took measures to improve the infrastructure facilities in schools and constructed several schools in the Nattandiya electorate.

State Resources and Enterprise Development Minister Dayashrith Tissera: My father contributed much to protect the Leftist movement in Puttalam.

The people still support me due to my father's political and social commitment and service. I am committed to fulfill the needs of Puttalam District's people by bringing forward policies of my dead father.

A H M Azwer (UPFA): After the House passed the condolence vote on late MP Protus Tissera, the chair announced that the Hauzard containing speeches made by members during the vote, would be sent to the relatives of the late MP.

Then the House took up the condolence vote on Late MP J P Obeyesekera.

Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardene: As an MP and Deputy Minister, late MP J P Obeyesekara, rendered a great service to the country.

He was born in 1915 and studied at Royal College.

He was a degree holder from Trinity College, affiliated to Cambridge University in UK.

He was a member of the Trinity College debating team.

He displayed his talents in athletics as well and was also certified as an A-grade pilot.

J P Obeysekera, rendered a great service to the SLFP. He was elected to Parliament by representing Attanagalla in 1960. He had attended international seminars representing Parliament of Sri Lanak. He was able to bring credit to the country.

He was appointed Deputy Health Minister and Deputy Finance Minister and rendered yoeman service to the people. He engaged himself in many social service activities. He passed away on October 23, 2007.

Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): He was an athletic coach before he entered politics. He was also a certified A-grade pilot. He was elected to Parliament from the Attanagalla seat in 1960. He brought honour to the country by participating at international seminars, representing Parliament.

Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna: Late MP J.P.Obeyesekera, was a pioneer member of the SLFP. The services rendered by him to the Attanagalla people had been remarkable. He lived a very successful life. He had a great respect for his party leadership.

Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne: Late MP J.P.Obeyesekera was an A-grade pilot. During the second world war he served the Royal Air Force. Later he was elected to Parliament by obtaining a huge majority of votes from the people of Attanagalla. He rendered yeoman service to develop the health sector as a Deputy Health Minister.

Human Resources Senior Minister Dew Gunasekera: He was a great leader who always had the people in his thoughts. He was elected to Parliament by obtaining a huge majority of votes from the people of Attanagalla.

A.H.M.Azwer (UPFA): Late MP J.P.Obeyesekera, was from a noble family. He was a brilliant character and had excellent debating skills.

He donated 24,000 acres of land to the landless people and also for social welfare activities.

J.R.P.Suriyapperuma (UPFA): There had been a Malaria epidemic in 1935. During this period, the Obeyesekera family had come forward to offer relief to the patients in Wathupitiwala Hospital.

The people of Attanagalla had never forgotten the services rendered by late MP Obeyesekera on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka.

Rural Affairs Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne: The late MP Obeyesekera, was a down to earth person. He engaged himself in politics in Attanagalla electorate. The land for the construction of the Wathupitiwala Hospital had been donated by him. Today the hospital has been equipped with the latest facilities to provide a great service to the people.

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody: After the House passed the condolence vote on late MP J.P.Obeyesekera, the chair announced that the Hanzard containing messages of condolences made by members during the vote, would be conveyed to the relations of the late MP.

The House then took up the Vote of Condolence on late MP P.B.G.Kalugalle.

Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardene: As a member of Parliament and Minister, late MP P.B.G.Kalugalle, had rendered yeoman service to the people.

He was born in 1920. He obtained his primary education from Maris Stella College in Negombo. Later he attended Ananda College in Colombo, for his secondary education.

A lawyer by profession, he rendered yeoman service to the poor people free of charge. He was elected to Parliament from the Kegalle electorate in 1956. He was appointed a Deputy Health Minister during late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike's Government.

As a Deputy Health Minister, he took measures to construct a base hospital in Kegalle. In 1959, he was appointed as Cultural and Social Services Minister and rendered yeoman service to his electorate. He was also the Transport Minister and Finance Minister.

As Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, he upgraded facilities of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. He made an immense service by developing infrastructure facilities in Kegalle. He passed away on November 21, 2007.

A.H.M.Azwer takes the Chair

Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): He rendered yeoman service to uplift health and tourism in Sri Lanka. His intention was to serve the people in an equal manner. He was able to win the hearts of the people.

Health Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake: He pioneered the resolving of land disputes pertaining to the rural upcountry people.

He used his decentralised budget to build the Kegalle Hospital. This had vastly helped the people of Kegalle.

Y.G.Padmasiri (UPFA): The people of Kegalle, appreciated his services and never forgot it. The tourism sector was developed under his leadership. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage too was built under his directions and it had become the biggest revenue generating avenue to Sri Lanka today.

Kanaka Herath (UPFA): The late Minister Kalugalla, as one born in Kegalle had rendered a great service to the Kegalle district. He studied in Kegalle and became an attorney. He developed the Pinnawala Maha Vidyalaya and also initiated the Hiriwadunna Water Project. He was also the founder of the world famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Rural Affairs Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne: The late P B G Kalugalla was a member of a well-known family in the Kegalle district and his wife was also from such a family. He was a very popular politician in the district. He was appointed a Deputy Minister when he was elected to Parliament for the first time. He was a great strength to the SLFP. Thereafter, he was given many ministerial posts. He took measures to appoint 10,000 teachers and also developed a large number of schools in the district. The Base Hospital in Kegalle was developed by him.

Consumer Welfare Senior M Minister S B Navinna: The service rendered by late Kalugalla to the Kegalle district and the country is appreciated by all.

A H M Azwer takes the Chair.

I request the Secretary General of Parliament to send copies of the condolence motion to the family members of late P B G Kalugalla.

R Yogarajan takes the Chair.

The condolence vote on M H Amit was then moved by Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minsiter Dinesh Gunawardena.

Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena: The late A H Amit who was a Malay by birth, was born in Kandy in 1914. He obtained a degree from the Cambridge University and later entered the Colombo Law College and took his oaths as an Attorney-at-Law.

Mohamed Hashim Amit and his wife had eight children. He also worked as a teacher and was a generous politician. He resigned from Parliament to offer his seat to late Gamini Dissanayake to enter Parliament.

He was a close relative of T B Jaya and joined politics following in his footsteps. He died on March 6, 2008.

Karu Jayasuriya (UNP): The late Amith was a founder member of the UNP. He joined the UNP led by the late D S Senanayake and entered Parliament from the UNP list.

A H M Azwer (UPFA): The late Amit was born on February 3, 1914 and was one of my close associates. We worked together in Parliament in 1989. He met Mahatma Gandhi in 1927. Amit attended each meeting organizaed by the UNP. He worked very hard to uplift the image of the UNP.

An advocate by profession, his wife always said that he came home in a black coat, but there was no money in it. He was such a great man that he didn't charge high rates from his clients.

R Yogarajan in the Chair.

I request the Director General of Parliament to send copies of this vote to the family members of the late MP M H Amit.

The condolence vote of the late MP Major General Sarath Munasinghe was then moved by Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena: The late Major General was appointed a Deputy Speaker in this Parliament. He was born in Mawanella on November 20, 1948. He continued his education at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala.

He joined the Sri Lanka Army as a Cadet Officer in 1970 and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Leutenant in 1971. Later he rose up to the rank of Colonel in 1990.

Later he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier in 1993 and then to Major General in 1998. He was awarded with many medals including the Uttama Seva Padakkama. He later resigned from the Army and entered politics on the invitation of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He died on March 17, 2008.

Chandrani Bandara (UNP): He was a great son of the country. He rendered a great service to liberate this country from terrorism.

A H M Azwer (UPFA): The late Sarath Munasinghe, as an officer in the Army, had worked hard to defeat LTTE terrorism. He was a great friend of the people. He later was elected as Deputy Speaker of this Parliament.

A H M Azwer takes the Chair.

Consumer Welfare Senior Minister S B Nawinna: The late Sarath Munasinghe was a very popular student of Maliyadeva College in Kurunegala. Due to his talents, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.

Human Resources Senior Minister DEW Gunasekera: He was appointed as Military Spokesman and I came to know him when I was Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. He was fluent in three language. He showed off his talents as a deputy spekaer as well.

Urban Affairs Senior Minister A H M Fowzie: The late Sarath Munasinghe entered politicis during the tenure of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He was a good serviceman as well as a politician.

A H M Azwer takes the Chair.

I request the Director General of Parliament to send copies of the condolence votes to the family members of the late Major General Sarath Munasinghe. The House then took up the condolence vote of the late MP Wilfred Senanayake.

Chief Government Whip and Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena: The late Wilfred Senanayake was born on November 10, 1918, and had his education at Nalanda College. He initiated his career by joining the SL Army.

He was married to Yasawathi Dolaweera. He joined the Lanka Sama Samaja Party and was the first Leftist chairman of the Gamsabha.

He organized the Homagama riot in 1953 against the increasing price of rice and train fare. He was elected to Parliament in 1970. He died on May 26, 2008.

Chadrani Bandara (UNP): He was a founder member of the LSSP. He joined the Army without the knowledge of his family members. We admire the services rendered by him to the public.

Y G Padmasiri (UPFA): When LSSP members who were prisoned were released in 1945, Wilfred Senanayake took initiatives to organize rallies throghout the country. Due to the protest campaigns organized by him, the government had to increase the price of paddy from Rs 8 to Rs 12. It was a great solace to the farmers during those days.

Human Resources Senior Minister DEW Gunasekera: He was a member of the LSSP's second generation. He had the hartal in Kelani Valley in 1953, while the rest led the partals in other areas.

National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara: He was a member of the LSSP second generation. He was exemplary in dedicating himself to public service without any expectation. He stood against imperialism. When the LSSP rally was banned in 1945, the members led by the late Robert Gunawardena held the rally. When the rally was attacked members led by Wilfred Senanayake retaliated.

Rural Affairs Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne: The late Wilfred Senanayake was a representative of the poor and ordinary people. He offered his lands to the poor people when their lands were acquired for road development projects. He protested that the extention of lands that could be owned by one person should be limited to 25 acres while there was a suggestion that it be limited to 250 acres. Later the extention was limited to 50 acres.

A H M Azwer in Chair.

I request the Director General of Parliament to send copies of the condolence motion to the family members of the late Wilfred Senanayake.

Parliament adjounred until 9.30 am today.

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