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Politics


Denied chopper, Ranil takes the road and the ferry

Opposition 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 Minneriya.

Backtracking

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 exigencies.

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.

Sudden eruption

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.

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