Former Govt gives luxury residence in Colombo 7 for Sampanthan

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The previous government had taken a decision to allow former Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan to use his official residence in Mahagamasekara Mawatha, Colombo, as long as he remains the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

The official residence is located on B 12, Mahagamasekera Mawatha in Colombo 7 and has been allocated to him through a Cabinet decision.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathillake had submitted the Cabinet paper on February 26 this year seeking approval to allow this house to be used by Mr. Sampanthan as long as he is the TNA leader.

The house is located on a land of one and a half acres in extent.

Five workers have been assigned for maintenance of this house and are paid by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry. It was first assigned to him as the Opposition Leader in 2015. In 2017, the government had spent Rs. 35 million for its renovation. Mr. Karunatilake submitted this Cabinet paper seeking approval for such housing facilities for Mr. Sampanthan in recognition of his contribution to national reconciliation.

The Cabinet paper had been put forward at the request of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Approval had been granted in the same Cabinet paper for the allocation of vehicles KX 2330 and KO 6339 along with a fuel quota of 600 litres.

The ministers of the present government say that the government provides houses for retired presidents and their spouses, but not for the former opposition leaders. They say this will set a bad precedent as a result. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)

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  • Siyarata Monday, 30 December 2019 09:46 AM

    Immediately oust him. This is a bribe to garner their votes. Sambanthan didn't do a single thing to the country other than instigating racism.

    Hari M Monday, 30 December 2019 10:14 AM

    Why not give for all parliamentarians, their helpers etc What a joke. The countries wealth is being swindled by all parties and the people keep selecting them alternatively.

    Gsyan Monday, 30 December 2019 10:28 AM

    Since the former opposition leader supported the then govt this should be treated under bribary act.

    Mm Monday, 30 December 2019 10:41 AM

    Now we know

    Sando Monday, 30 December 2019 11:05 AM

    Dastardly past vide the U.N.P. They betrayed the Country and the Sinhala Race. Will be taught more lessons at future Elections.

    Rosh Monday, 30 December 2019 11:22 AM

    These nonsense should be stopped forthwith. This is nothing but a bribe to have TNAs support in Parliament.

    Appu Monday, 30 December 2019 11:23 AM

    This is a great matter. Is there any way to sell the house by Sampanthan? If no, then no worries

    mohandev Monday, 30 December 2019 11:29 AM

    Shameless separatism promotor to ask for luxury housing in Colombo he should have at least ask for 'free' housing in his homeland in north or east. Typical freeloaders of majority southern tax payer monies wonder what TNA's big mouth 'leader in waiting' unp lover boy has to say about it

    Tax-payer Monday, 30 December 2019 02:27 PM

    President Gotabaya must completely withdraw all these precedents created by the former Govt. like the residences for Maithripala Sirisena, Sambandan etc.

    vithura Monday, 30 December 2019 04:06 PM

    Sampanthan should use his MP's allowance to meet his residential needs, for using exclusive accommodation given as a special privilege would only lead to making compromises on the mandate given by those voted for him and his party.

    petgord34 Monday, 30 December 2019 07:33 PM

    Pork barrel politics of UNP,bribing TNA to be in power

    Saliya Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:36 PM

    Chase this fellow off

    Kevin H Tuesday, 31 December 2019 09:46 AM

    TNA supported UNP during presidential election and expecting to do so in parliamentary election as well,now its clear why do they want to do so,it is this kind of petty concessions,not for people of his electorate but personal gains,


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