|Denied chopper, Ranil takes
the road – and the ferry
Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has lamented that though he had paid
money in advance, the government had denied him the right to use
a helicopter to visit the east for propaganda work.
According to the Leader of the Opposition, the government had
come up with lame excuses to cover up its decision to not grant
him this facility though it used a helicopter to airlift the
slightly injured Minister Mervyn Silva from Dehiattakandiya to
The government earlier told UNP Leader Wickremesinghe that he
would be picked up from Dambulla but later informed him that a
helicopter could not be provided due to administrative
Wickremesinghe, who was in Dambulla at that point in time, had
to inform SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem to delay the meeting since he
had to take the land route to Kinniya for the election meeting.
Wickremesinghe also had to travel by ferry to reach the venue
and he had told the crowds that he was late since the government
failed to provide him with a helicopter after giving him the
assurance that it would.
Be that as it may, Wickremesinghe was critical of the media for
having failed to portray former President R. Premadasa in the
correct perspective at the Premadasa commemoration meeting held
at Hulftsdorp on May Day.
Having been silent all this time – for nearly one and a half
decades, in fact – Wickremesinghe took it on himself to
virtually blame the print media, 15 long years after the death
of President Premadasa.