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MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala worked tirelessly for farmers - Minister Dinesh

It is a well known fact by the world that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala was brutally murdered by a group who identifed themselves to be the Democratic New Society, said Leader of the House and Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday.

He made this observation while moving the condolence motion of late Polonnaruwa District Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala.

He said that MP Athukorala who was loved by the people in Polonnaruwa was assassinated in Nittambuwa on his way after wishing best to his party leader and the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 9.

He said that the assassination was committed by thugs calling themselves the Democratic New Society.

He said the Police and the Security Forces could not reach the site in time where Amarakeerthi Athukorala was murdered. Even his security officer was also murdered along with him. Amarakeerthi was born on December 23rd in 1964 at Aluthgama to Athukorala and Kamalawathi.

He received his early education at Aluthgama Maha Vidyalaya and thereafter at Thurstan College, Colombo. He then studied English at the Open University. He found employment at Sathosa and worked there for 23 years. He then joined Minister Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi's staff in 2007. Athukorala married Malani, the daughter of businessman Thomus Silva in Polonnaruwa in 2000 and are blessed with one child.

He was elected to the North Central Provincial Council in 2008 and rendered a great service to the people. He was re-elected in 2010.

He was elected to Parliament at the 2020 General Election and was murdered by criminals at Nittambuwa a month ago at the age of 58. He served the people of the Rajarata with distiction and dedication.

Minister Gunawardena said that when speaking in Parliament, MP Athukorala also spoke about working for the well-being of the farmers and paddy cultivators. He represented the people in Polonnaruwa in Parliament for a year and nine months. The Leader of the House added that Parliament would commit to fulfill the aspirations of this humane politician who hailed from the village.

He said further that hence Parliament conveys their condolences to the family members of the late MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala and the people in Polonnaruwa and wished for the late MP to attain Nibbana.


Deputy Speaker announces MP Basil’s resignation to House

Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapakse announced the resignation of MP Basil Rajapaksa to the House of Parliament yesterday.

Making the Speaker’s announcements, the Deputy Speaker announced that SLPP National List MP Basil Rajapaksa tendered his letter of resignation from his seat in Parliament on June 10. MP Rajapaksa in his letter thanked all the MPs and former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the support extended to him.

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