MR not invited for Victory Day ceremonies

16 May 2016 03:36 pm - 27     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has not been invited to participate in the Victory Day ceremonies being held on May 18, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said today.

The seventh war victory celebration, “Sanhindiyawe Piya Satahan” is scheduled to be held at the War Memorial in Battaramulla under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The event is to be followed by a cultural show at the Independence Square in Colombo.

Mr. Hettiarachchi told a news briefing held at the Government Information Department that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Commanders of the three armed forces, parliamentarians, war heroes, the Police, the Civil Defense Forces and war heroes' family members will participate.

Government parliamentarians were billed to participate while neither the former president nor his supporters invited. The public have been invited to the cultural show.

Meanwhile, when asked whether another War Victory Day was being organized in Kurunegala at which the former president and his supporters would participate, Mr. Hettiarachi said that he had also heard about the rumour.

“None of the military personnel have been given permission to attend any such event,” he said.

The Government had decided not to hold a military parade because it was too costly to do so. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 27

  • lokka Monday, 16 May 2016 04:07 PM

    this ceromany is just wasting of money nothing else

    lanksn Monday, 16 May 2016 04:10 PM

    Is the Government saving on his transport cost.

    Aruna Monday, 16 May 2016 04:14 PM

    Once it was Sarath Fonseka and now it is MR. Time has changed the tables around surely.

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 17 May 2016 04:27 PM

    Rajapakse certainly made a great contribution to end the war but now we are entering a period of peace and it is necessary to terminate his era. It is therefore correct that he is not invited. We must remember that " Peace hath her victories ; no less renowned than war" a fact that the camp of Rajapakse did not realise before his defeat.

    gh Monday, 16 May 2016 04:21 PM

    still afraid of Mahinda. via DM iOS App

    Reader Monday, 16 May 2016 04:25 PM

    Is it called Victory Day or War hero felicitation/ remembrance Day?

    Amare Monday, 16 May 2016 04:38 PM

    Good move!

    IVJ Monday, 16 May 2016 04:39 PM

    Why is this being even published? Why are the media giving prominence to these things. After all, he is just a MP like any other!

    onlooker Monday, 16 May 2016 04:44 PM

    However you may try you cannot hide facts.

    Dee Monday, 16 May 2016 04:53 PM

    He should get an invitation if all MP's are invited.

    ANTON Monday, 16 May 2016 04:59 PM


    DillonDP Monday, 16 May 2016 04:59 PM

    For some reasons everybody hates Mahinda now days,,,, why is not no one talking about Maithree's bro at SLT and has achieved billions of losses for the country

    karsha Monday, 16 May 2016 05:07 PM

    Afrai? Ha Ha ha. No regard for him now

    Sincere Monday, 16 May 2016 05:11 PM

    Oh it's better. Otherwise he would ask travelling expenses from us.

    Prem Monday, 16 May 2016 05:17 PM

    We eliminated a local terrorist movement . They're sri lankan too, so why the hell we celebrate it every year. Instead hold religious ceramonies island wide.

    Piumi Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:04 AM

    We always have warm regards for both Form.President. Rajapaksha and Marshal S Fonseka. Once you both were together.. and why not now??. Forget the past and stop hating.its useless. We love both of you because we are here at least with no war fear becoz of your strength you had together along with all other forces at once upon a time. Pls. stop revenging.

    onlooker Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:58 PM

    How can you play "Hamlet" without Ophilia?

    CK Monday, 16 May 2016 05:50 PM

    how any decent government invite him when he act irresponsible manner like participating ceremonies where war criminals gathered?

    DOG SEC Monday, 16 May 2016 05:50 PM

    Dogs lions also play some times

    Laurie Monday, 16 May 2016 05:55 PM

    Their masters were not Sri Lankan. We are celebrating their defeat..

    hash Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:54 AM

    He should get an invitation if all MP's are invited!! Why still afraid if h is ONLY a MP?

    hash Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:54 AM

    Must be the way government saving money

    Rhonda Taylor Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:07 PM

    They would have to reserve a special place for him and his security

    ananda Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:46 PM

    Mahinda your days are gone via DM Android App

    Lal Pathirana Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:52 PM

    Ungrateful, foolish government.

    REALPATRIAT Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:10 PM


    Wise Donkey Tuesday, 17 May 2016 02:54 PM

    MR's eyes are on African countries and his next invitation will be from Mugabe!

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