Anura left an indelible mark on country's political landscape -
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that more than a long
standing friend and close political ally the late Anura Bandaranaike can
be described as one who left his indelible mark on the country's
Issuing a condolence message on the passing away of Anura
Bandaranaike the President said it was with profound grief and sadness
that he received the shocking news of the untimely death of his
colleague which came at an unexpected time.
Though they were close comrades in arms there were times when they
did not see eye to eye politically.
There were also differences of opinion pertaining to the wider
national policies. But none of these were strong enough go beyond the
parameters of politics and break the bond of brotherhood that existed
Therefore all the forces who attempted to cause a dent in this strong
bond that was forged between them since the late sixties were never able
to make an impact.
"I felt the warmth of his friendship I experienced for the first time
when I held his hands 40 years ago still there when I held the cold
hands of his mortal remains at Visumpaya on that day".
Anura always strove to carve out a political philosophy of his own to
ameliorate the conditions of suffering masses as befitting the only son
of two Prime Ministers of the country. No one could underestimate his
unique trait to stand by his own convictions even though they went
against the popular trend.
The President said Anura brought a breath of fresh air to Sri Lanka's
politics through his unbroken tenure as a Parliamentarian. His brave
approach to revive an emasculated Opposition to take on the might of the
then Government would for ever remain an unforgettable milestone.
The special role he played as Speaker brought honour not just to him
but the institution of Parliament. Although his voice will no longer
reverberate in that august assembly generations of Parliamentarians no
doubt will uphold the examples he set with gratitude.
No doubt there will be new actors who will try to fit into his
political shoes. However, will there be any substitute who will be able
to emulate his innocent qualities that were devoid of acrimony and
Finally I wish to share my grief with the people of Sri Lanka on the
passing away of a valuable son of the soil while offering my deep
condolences and sadness to his sisters Sunethra and Chandrika and the
people of the Gampaha District and Attanagalle in particular.
United National Party (D) Group condoles
Anura Bandaranaike who entered the political arena challenging his
political opponents by his eloquence always remained as an exemplary
politician in Sri Lanka. In a society where money and status is
considered to be the divine keys of success, he opened his eyes to this
world being the born heir of wealth and social status, said the United
National Party (Democratic Group) in condolence message.
It is the common truth that power and wealth destroy the mankind.
But, as an extraordinary character, he always bowed his head before
humanity and never has been a slave of power and wealth.
Although he was the proud son of two Prime Ministers and also the
beloved brother of an Executive President, every Sri Lankan will agree
with the fact that he lived as a leader devoid of power greediness in
the true sense of the word.
Antagonism is the close companion of the most of politicians in Sri
Lanka today. However, Mr. Bandaranaike stepped out from Horagolla
Walawwa with open heart and hands leaving no room for political grudges
in his entire life.
True he was a fighter, good fighter but he always remained as a man
of policies. He was a friend-in-need. While fighting in the political
field he had the ability to be a friend of his opponents even in the
He was a genius in politics and a great reader of our time. As an
expert in international relations, he was one of our politicians
recognised all over the world. The opportunity which he had to live in
the company of great leaders both in local and international political
field has made a tremendous role in casting him as a renowned
politician. He was a mobile encyclopedia.
Records of the Parliamentary speeches by him during the past 30 years
are the clear evidence of the talents of this great politician. He
purely believed that politics is always a struggle among different
ideologies which pave way to the progress of the society.
After entering the political arena in 1970, he proved his capacity by
holding the post of Opposition Leader and leading several Ministries. No
doubt he has proved during the past period that he was an important
character like his father in the political arena.
He always remained as a man of good heart. May this gentleman
politician who has never pursued glory but been respected and accepted
by the people of his country attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
SLMC leader condoles
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem has, on behalf
of the party, expressed profound grief and shock on the demise of
parliamentarian Anura Bandaranaike.
In his condolence message the party leader has stated that Anura
Bandaranaike was a rare and dignified parliamentarian who was admired by
contemporary parliamentarians and political leaders locally and
As a Parliamentarian, Speaker of the House, Opposition Leader and
Minister, he set an example to others, the SLMC leader has started
adding that he was an eloquent speaker and skilled debater. The message:
"In 1988 when talks were initiated between the Democratic People's
Alliance (DPA) and the SLMC, Anura Bandaranaike played a key role in it
but unfortunately the talks were not successful.
"On a very significant occasion in its history, the SLMC honoured him
by inviting him to take part as chief guest in the sixth commemoration
of SLMC founder leader late M. H. M. Ashraff coinciding with the
launching of his parliamentary many volumes at the BMICH. Speaking at
this meeting he strongly endorsed the SLMC's commitment on finding a
negotiated settlement to the ethnic crisis and also the right of the
Muslims for self-determination.
"On several occasions I had the privilege of listening to his
memorable speeches, spiced with wit and humour, when I was presiding
parliamentary sessions as Deputy Chairman of Committees and also
thereafter. He was respected by his friends and foes alike.
"His demise has caused a political vacuum which may be difficult to
fill in many years to come.
"The SLMC also condoles the demise of former Deputy Speaker of the
House Sarath Munasinghe. The party wishes to convey its heart felt
sympathies to the bereaved families of the two parliamentarians."