A great loss to the nation - President
The demise of Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake is an
irreparable loss to the Nation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said
yesterday in a condolence message.
The message: “Late Minister Dassanayake was actively involved in
politics as a member of the SLFP with the aim to uplift the public.
He yearned to serve the people in his area, an arid dry zone. He
always wanted to follow in the footsteps of renowned political figures
such as Mudiyanse Thennakoon, Deva bandara Senaratne and Tissa
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike who perceived his passion for
serving the public let him contest the 19954 General Election.
He held several ministerial portfolios which he used to serve the
public to the best of this ability. Although his political opponents
harassed him, he was undaunted and courageously went ahead with his
He was honest, brave and courageous. The people of Puttalam and
Anamaduwa loved him deeply and made him victorious at every election.
He steered the People’s Alliance in the Puttalam District, engaging
in pro-people politics.
He learned from the University of Life and rendered a yeoman service
for the party at the 2005 Presidential Election.
His loss is an irreparable loss not only to the people of Puttalam
but also to the whole country. He was a man among men. We mourn his