lunch and tea?
Several government and JVP MPs huddled around Prime Minister Mahinda
Rajapakse at the MP’s lunch room at the Parliamentary complex
during the tea party on Budget day hosted by Finance Minister Sarath
Amunugama. The Prime Minister was in a nostalgic mood saying this
would be the last time he would be having tea in this particular
room implying once he is elected President on the 17th, he would
no longer be coming to Parliament.
in his manifesto “Mahinda Chintanaya”, the Premier has
stated, “To endorse the responsibility that the President
has to Parliament, I will attend Parliament once a month”.
Maybe he is planning to skip the lunch and tea when he comes there
Rupavahini Corporation Chairman M.M.Zuhair has refused to air four
advertisements submitted by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC)
supportive of Presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe saying
that they contained visuals of the late SLMC leader M.H.H.Ashraff
and permission was needed from the late Minister’s family
before they can be aired. Insiders say this has resulted in the
Corporation losing more than one million rupees in advertising revenue.
Wonder if the SLRC bothers to seek permission every time pictures
of deceased persons are aired.
At state expense
The Chairman also seems to be making maximum advantage of his position
as Chairman. He has hired a car from a company which is a non-existent
one and allegedly registered under his own son’s name. Insider
says he is paying Rs. 40, 000 for the rental and a monthly insurance
premium of Rs. 7,940 for the Cefiro vehicle. And all this luxury
at state expense.