“Those who complained me against the injustice of the former government are today trying to create new forces with the people who were responsible for those ill treatments”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President was speaking at the ceremony held today (Aug. 31) to unveil a wax statue of late minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, built in the premises of the BMICH, Colombo.
“Though we lost Jeyaraj Fernandopulle at a time when his services were needed to the country and the party, he is a living embodiment in the national politics of this country even today”, the President said.
President Sirisena recalled the way he and Mr. Fernandopulle faced internal problems and mental distress within the then government and the party, even when they were strength to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). “If he was alive he would have left the former government before I did”, he said.
“Though some people are boasting that they fought against UNP, there were only few people with Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike to fight the government of J. R. Jayewardene” the President pointed out.
The President recalled the way he fulfilled his responsibility for the party as young politicians.
“Jeyaraj Fernandopulle demonstrated the signs of becoming fast ascending political leader who performed his duties and responsibilities in the national politics in an honest and humble manner”, he added.
“His language proficiency, eloquence, the ability to make the opposition silent and to protect the internal unity through solving the problems arisen within the party was excellent”, the President said.
This was the first time a live wax figure was created in Sri Lanka. Statue artist Athula Herath created this statue.
State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle presented the Jeyaraj Fernandopulle memorial souvenir to the President at this occasion.
Maha Sangha and other religious leaders, ministers and the members of Parliament and the relatives of late Jeyaraj Fernandopulle participated in this occasion.