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Jayaratne was a Voice of Pride in Parliament – Vasudeva

Vasudeva Nanayakkara

State Minister of Water Supply, UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara has observed that former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne was a patriot who was proud of his nation and heritage. He was the voice of pride in Parliament.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara was addressing the House on the votes of condolences to late PM D.M. Jayaratne. He said:

“Never in my career as an MP in Parliament over 50 years have I seen a better orator than Jayaratne. D.M. Jayaratne descended from a generation that fought against the colonial rule during the pre-independence era and the genes remained in Jayaratne which made him a committed and true patriot. Jayaratne was not only a patriot but also someone who did not give into any ethnic or religious discrimination.

In 1970, D.M. Jayaratne and I got elected to Parliament. The composition of Parliament was poles apart now and then. Those days, the MPs who got selected were true representatives of the grassroots. This tendency changed after 1977. In 1970s, we got the Samagi Peramuna led government and Jayaratne was a major figure in making that government people-oriented as possible.
Jayaratne was always a man of his roots. He put rural people first. He wanted to show the true sense of a village-man. Once, I remember, Jayaratne and I went to North-Germany to participate in an international youth conference. While being there, Jayaratne decided to carry his baggage on his head, saying that it is how village people carry their belongings. Of course we had a good laugh, but what he was trying to portray was that he was a true villager.

A great leftist politician, former PM Jayaratne was a true leader and it is our responsibility of carrying forward his vision and mission forward.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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