Written by Bella Dalima
22 Sep, 2014 | 6:21 pm
Family members of politicos entering the political fray, became a topic of discussion once again in the run-up to and during the Uva Provincial Council Poll.
Six of the eight UPFA councillors elected to the Uva Province from the Moneragala District have family connections to major politicos.
A majority of these politicians are currently in Parliament.
The UPFA Chief Ministerial candidate, Shasheendra Rajapaksa, who contested from the Moneragala District is the son of Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.
While Shasheendra Rajapaksa topped the UPFA list in the district, Kumarasiri Ratnayake was second.
Kumarasiri Ratnayake, is a relative of Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena.
Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena’s son, Saliya Sumedha Silva was also elected from the Moneragala district this time around.
Also among the provincial councillors elected is Udara Zoysa, the son of Minister Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa.
Former Minister Dharmadasa Banda’s son Harin Dharmadasa, was also elected to the Uva Provincial Council from the UPFA.
UPFA candidate Senarath Attanayake, who was also elected to the council, is also a relative of Dharmadasa Banda.
In the Badulla District, candidates from both the UPFA and the UNP had family ties to major politicos.
Anura Vidanagamge who topped the UPFA list in the district, is the brother of UPFA MP Thenuka Vidanagamage. A nephew of Minister Arumugam Thondaman, Senthil Thondaman, was also elected to the council from the district.
A.M. Buddhadasa, the father of MP Chamika Buddhadasa and husband of the Uva Paranagama Pradeshiya Sabha chairperson, was also elected from the UPFA list.
Harin Fernando, who topped the UNP list and the Badulla District as a whole, is the grandson of former Minister Vincent Dias.
The son of UNP Parliamentarian K. Velayudham, Velayudham Rudradeepan, was also elected to the Uva Provincial Council from the UNP list.
Both sons of Percy Samaraweera, Minister of Home Affairs in the 1977 cabinet, Upali and Raveendra, were elected to the Uva provincial council from the UNP list.
While several persons with family ties were elected to the Uva provincial council, several former Provincial Councillors lost their seats.
Hendanige Sumith, Manel Ratnayake, A.R. Bandusena, Ajith Deshapriya, Ajith Liyanage, R. Gunawardane, Jayaweera Gunathilaka, Aravinda Kumara and Nimal Ratnayake, who contested from the Badulla District on the UPFA ticket, all lost their seats.
Thushara Mihimal Munasinghe and Vishwanatha Kulatunga, who contested on the UNP ticket from the Badulla district, also lost their seats.
Sudath Balagalla, who was elected from the JVP in 2009, did not succeed in retaining his seat this time around. Dayaratne Bandara, who contested on the UPFA ticket from the Monaragala district also lost his seat this time around.
While 182 independent group candidates contested the Uva Provincial Council Poll from the Badulla and Moneragala district, as a result of failing to secure the required quota of votes, their bonds of Rs.2,000 rupees will be appropriated by the state.
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