Royal Old Boys dinner:
Minister Aluthgamage not involved in fisticuff
Incident stage managed by UNP :
Power and Energy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage yesterday
completely denied a report in a Sunday paper that he was involved in a
fisticuff with UPFA Provincial Councillor Nishantha Muthuhettigama at
the Royal Old Boys' dinner dance and called the incident a craftily
stage managed one by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to gain
political milage and cause embarrassment to the Government.
'This is deliberate lie. I had no hand in the incident.The OBU
membership will vouch for my innocence" the Minister said.
He accused UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake for starting it all by bringing
Muthuhettigama to the function in a coloured sarong and slippers
contrary to the strict formal attire stipulated in the invitations.
He said Muthuhettigama was taken to the table occupied by Ranil
Wickremesinghe where the duo was seen in animated conversation. The
Opposition Leader took the opportunity to make remarks to the guests
that he (Muthuhettigama) was also now with them (opposition).
"The Annual OBU dinner dance is a very formal affair and had passed
without incident since its inception 20 years ago.This is the first time
such an ugly scene occurred.
Ravi Karunanayake should take the full blame for bringing him (Muthuhettigama)
for the function in that manner." He said after about one hour after
sharing a drink with Ranil Wickremesinghe at the latter's table
Muthuhettigama obviously in an inebriated state went on stage requesting
the Gypsies band leader Sunil Perera for the mike.
Things got out of hand at that moment when Sunil Perera broke into
This angered the OBU members who started throwing glasses at the
stage with some of the members even preparing to assault Sunil and
"When the Secretary of the OBU had requested Muthuhettigama to leave
he threatened him saying he had a gun in his sarong ".
Refuting the account in the newspaper that he was involved in a
fisticuff with the Provincial Councillor the Minister said there was no
such accusation being made by the OBU membership against him. "Even the
Principal called me this morning to say that I was not involved."
He said the whole episode was a politically motivated affair and the
fact that Muthuhettigama was brought in by Ravi Karunanayake and seated
him with the Opposition Leader tells a tale.