Parliament : A family affair?

Parliament : A family affair?

Parliament : A family affair?

Written by Staff Writer

08 Aug, 2020 | 10:09 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Several parliamentarians elected at this year’s election have family ties to present or former politicians, a News 1st report has shown.

The newly-elected lawmakers with these ties are as follows;

  1. Namal Rajapaksa – Son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
  2. Chamal Rajapaksa – Brother of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
  3. Nipuna Ranawaka – Nephew of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
  4. Shasheendra Rajapaksa – Son of Chamal Rajapaksa
  5. Sajith Premadasa – Son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa
  6. Yadamani Gunawardana – Son of Dinesh Gunawardena
  7. Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and son Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon
  8. Kanchana Wijesekera – Son of former minister Mahinda Wijesekera
  9. Kanaka Herath – Son of former chief minister Maheepala Herath
  10. Anuradha Jayaratne – Son of late Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne
  11. Dilum Amunugama – Nephew of Dr Sarath Amunugama
  12. Vidura Wickremanayake – Son of late Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
  13. Lohan Ratwatte – Son of late minister Anuruddha Ratwatte
  14. Kavinda Jayawardana – Son of late minister Dr Jayalath Jayawardana
  15. Duminda Dissanayake – Son of late chief minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake
  16. Prasanna Ranatunga – Son of former minister Reggie Ranatunga
  17. Dr Ramesh Pathirana – Son of late minister Dr Richard Pathirana
  18. Muditha Prishanthi – Wife of  late parliamentarian Ranjith Zoysa
  19. Isuru Dodamgoda – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda
  20. Chandima Weerakkody – Son of late minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda’s sister
  21. Kins Nelson – Son of late deputy minister H.J.P. Nelson
  22. Akila Ellawala – Son of late chief minister Mohan Saliya Ellawala
  23. Pavithra Wanniarachchi – Daughter of former deputy minister Dharmadasa Wanniarachchi
  24. Jeewan Thondaman – Son of late minister Arumugam Thondaman
  25. Waruna Liyanage – Son of late parliamentarian Heenmahathmaya Liyanage
  26. Thalatha Athukorale – Sister of late minister Gamini Athukorale
  27. Harshana Rajakaruna – Son of former minister Sarathchandra Rajakaruna
  28. Rohini Kavirathna Wijeratne – Wife of late parliamentarian Sanjeewa Kavirathna
  29. Tharaka Balasuriya – Son of former minister Dr Jagath Balasuriya and former governor Kumari Balasuriya
  30. Asanka Nawarathna – Son of Ranjith Nawarathna, the founding secretary of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya
  31. D.V. Chanaka – Son of former provincial minister D.V. Upul
  32. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam – Son of Kumar Ponnambalam, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress president
  33. C.V. Vigneswaran – Relative of former minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara
  34. Anupa Pasquel – Brother of late deputy minister Daya T. Pasquel
  35. Gayantha Karunathilaka – Son of late deputy minister Rupa Karunathilake
  36. Thenuka Vidanagamage – Brother of former Uva provincial minister Anura Vidanagamage
  37. Dushmantha Mithrapala – Son of late deputy minister H.R. Mithrapala
  38. Suchith Sanjaya Perera – Son of late minister M. Vincent Perera
  39. Priyankara Jayaratne – Son of late minister S.D.R. Jayaratne
  40. Arundika Fernando – Nephew of former parliamentarian Godfrey Fernando
  41. Niroshan Perera – Son of late minister Festus Perera
  42. Abdul Haleem Mohamed – Son-in-law of late foreign minister A.C.S. Hameed
  43. Shehan Semasinghe – Son of former deputy minister H.B. Semasinghe
  44. J.C. Alawathuwala – Son of former deputy minister S.W. Alawathuwala
  45. Kokila Harshani Gunawardana – Daughter of late provincial councillor Deshabandu Namal Gunawardana
  46. Ranjan Ramanayake – Nephew of late Vijaya Kumaratunga, the leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party
  47. Sudarshani Fernandopulle – Wife of late minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
  48. Professor Tissa Vitharana – Nephew of former finance minister Dr N.M. Perera
  49. Manjula Dissanayake – Wife of late minister Salinda Dissanayake

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