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Jayaratne was the first parliamentarian to represent ancient capital of Gangasiriwardena, Gampola”… Ranil Wickremesinghe

Ranil Wickremesinghe
United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has hailed late D.M.Jayaratne as the first parliamentarian to represent the ancient capital of Gangasiriwardena, Gampola and as the second Member of Parliament from the Kandy District to have been the Prime Minister.

Wickremesinghe was taking part in the votes of condolences in Parliament on late D.M.Jayaratne. Wickremesinghe said:

“Despite our political differences, we were friends. Jayaratne together with his predecessor Dassanayake, took steps to ensure that Gampola was restored to its former glory. D.M. Jayaratne was certainly committed to his party the SLFP. In 1964, when he was asked to cross over and join C.P. de Silva, he refused and stayed. He was rewarded for his loyalty in 1970 when he became a member of parliament. As Prime Minister Rajapaksa pointed out, D.M. Jayaratne, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Edison Edirisooriya and Sarath Muttetuwegama formed the core of it.

I didn’t know him at that time but I had to appear in the famous Gampola case; we helped out on that and as a result the law of the country got changed. I got to know Jayaratne in 1989 when he came into parliament where we used to meet each other.

He was a good parliamentarian and a good person. He has been faithful to his party, he represented his constituency to the best of his ability and did the job he liked to do best.”.







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