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"The arrest of the former Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake created a sensation recently. He was enlarged  on surety bail of Rs 2 million, and his daughter Dulmini  who was interviewed  thereafter said that her father was unjustly treated by those in authority. She said that despite the presence of  thieves, drug addicts and gangsters her father was the first to be remanded by the present regime."

My father was the former Secretary of the UNP, and no sooner the UNP won the election my father was taken into custody and jailed. I have a great respect for the Judiciary and hope that justice would prevail. After protecting the party leader over a long period this had been a great humiliation for him.   

Q Have you ever met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe? Yes, he was a family friend. I have met him on several occasions but not recently. He had wished me on my birthdays as well. Even my brother had met him. My Appachchi had been a tower of strength to the party leader during the times the party went through difficult times.   

Q Didn’t you speak to the Prime Minister? It was pointless speaking to him after my Appachchi was remanded. I am happy that the Court had released him, and I have much faith in our Courts.

Q Did your Appachchi discuss with you about the last minute cross-over he made? My Appachchi continued to remain in the UNP with much heart burn. He was mentally upset about the way he was treated by colleagues. He had lot of patience, which I greatly admire. Despite these indifferences he made many sacrifices towards the development of the UNP. He strived hard to bring about peace and reconciliation, and he wanted to re-unite every one and bring back the party to power. My Appachchi will never leave the party even if he is expelled.

Q But your father left the party. No he did not leave the party. He always spoke of the party. He was chased out from the party, and was not allowed to work for the party. I saw how shaken up he was at the last stages. I do not wish to mention the names of those who were responsible for my father’s plight. They were very few and most others loved my father. These few obstructed him and stood in his way. So as there was no alternative Appachchi decided to support Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Q Had it ever occurred to you to discuss politics with your father? I am the eldest and whenever there was some issue of a crucial nature involving him, he had discussed it with me.

Q Have you ever advised him? I looked up to him as a leader who stood to serve the country. I express my sincere thanks to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he treated Appachchi well and gave a helping hand to overcome the mental agony he was faced with. He helped him get over the stress.

Q Is your Appachchi aiming to continue in politics? Yes. He had faced similar ups and downs in his political career. This is not the end of his political life. From the time I remember he was away from home attending to the needs of party members. He was very much attached to them and always served them. There was mud slinging, even by those who knew the truth. He was abused. Our house was attacked and we suffered a lot - these we faced bravely. My mother, brother and myself stood by him and gave him all the encouragement together, as a family.

Q What have you got to say to the youth of this country? Take lessons from those of the earlier generation. Emulate them. Begin to think about the country in a new way. Do not stoop to low levels by slinging mud at your opponents. If you think of entering politics always put the country first and be determined to serve the people. Politics had become a joke in our country, unlike in UK or US where politics play a dominant role in developing the lives of the citizens.

Q How long have you been abroad? About five years.

Q What have you got to say about the period your father was in prison. Only Mr Nimal Siripala De Silva spoke on behalf of my father. Mahindananda Aluthgamage and some opposition members too spoke in favour of him. I felt sorry about the party my father served for about 35 years. Some MPs of the present government Wijedasa Rajapakse and Sujeewa Senasinghe visited my father in jail. Many others who were close to my father did not even bother to visit him. My father did not amass wealth from being in politics. He strived hard to educate me and if he had wealth we would not have lived like this.

Q Do you mind in revealing your personal information - Where did you study? At Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Colombo and afterwards at the Colombo British School. I did my degree in UK.

Q What was your subject of study? Finance.

Q Are you keen on going abroad again? No decision has been taken, and I am now unable to leave my Appachchi in this predicament and go abroad to continue my studies.

Q Have you any idea of coming into politics? I cannot answer that at present. My Appachchi never brought me towards the masses or the media. My brother is doing his A/L at Royal College Colombo. I was not selected to a foreign University just because my father was in politics. I applied and got selected.

Q Do you give prominence to present day fashions? Generally no, only when needed and to suit the occasions.

Q Do you patronise night clubs? No never go out anywhere without my parents permission.

Q How do you spend your free time? Reading and never miss watching news.
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  • Deep Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:38 PM

    Before enter the politics they are poor people in hasslaka .now they become high class people .how could they achive their goll

    Balu Silva Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:39 PM

    Your appachchi is a born loser. He is also a liar. So do not have any hopes ohm politically.

    Varuna Jayantha Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:42 PM

    MY3 is a traitor too. He joined the (then) opposition breaking all ethics of his own party. If you are once unfaithful you are always u faithful.

    dcn Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:43 PM

    Tissa was more than a traitor and he cheated so badly with his cross over as well as presenting a bogus document and trying to disgracing ihe oarty leader. Now both father and daughter can shed crocodile tears and noone will touch them.

    danil Wednesday, 18 February 2015 04:07 PM

    I like it :)

    Arthur Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:43 PM

    Please young lady, what your appachchi did was a serious criminal act. He used a forged document to deceive masses and distort a presidential election result. He can’t pretend innocence. He never saw an agreement in preparation or being signed. He is not a baby neither are we to believe that such confidential documents are just left around. Thank his lucky stars that he is out of jail.

    roger Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:49 PM

    Yes, not a single word about the forged document! Are you nuts? Get lost, he is a traitor and has committed a criminal offence.

    Vas Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:55 PM

    I agree this journalist asked all the questions except the forged document for which athanayake got into trouble?The editor is responsible for moderating?

    Ravi Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:58 PM

    Now Atthanakyake is using a different strategy by putting his daughter in front.

    sanju Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:59 PM

    British school and degree in London. Wow ! Very expensive education..

    mack Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:52 AM

    dumb bimbo via DM Android App

    johan Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:04 PM

    Leave your father.As a general secretary he should have had fullcontrol of the party.Trying alternatives mostly would end in danger.As a child if you are good in studies dont come to politics.You know politicsis a mud.After getting whatever degrees try to get a good job and earn

    dalubanda Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:15 PM

    Where is the " Ammochchi" to give him good advices

    Rad Rav Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:22 AM

    Not a very smart cookie. Will be perfect for SL politics. Wonder how she got her degree.

    kithudugama Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:21 PM

    Did he get any money,if so how much?

    dham Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:30 AM

    Your Appachchi or Appachchis daughter knows faudg someone signature is criminal offense in SLmay not country u are studying. via DM Android App

    Patriot Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:36 PM

    Then why the hell all other "Loyalist" made him their party leader?

    Katie Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:39 PM

    She call him "Appachi" because she is Sri lankan and comes from a kandyan generation but poor thing cannot speak Sinhalese, she finds it so difficult to converse in Sinhalese having lived in Australia only a few year my sister has been living in Australia for the past 30 years and speaks Sinhalese excellently How people forget their mother tongue is impossible to understand

    dude Thursday, 19 February 2015 03:40 PM

    how come she is pretty?

    mohamed Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:30 AM

    As far as it goes your political carrer is over. Only thing left for you is to go and lick former presidents old shoes. Not sure if there is because a lot of guys like you are doing the same. All the best anyway for a bright retirement.

    Yohan Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:00 PM

    Buddy, You could proceed your studies in U.K. Aunty Bandara will look after home affairs. Good luck

    Mangala Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:22 PM

    MR lost because of Appachchi, Wimal and others like them. It is better they stick with MR. On the other hand MY3 never produced bogus documents.

    lima Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:42 PM


    Natalie Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:35 PM

    UK degrees consist of integrity and pride, good thing you will not be ale to continue.

    Premalal Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:50 PM

    The only party left for him would be his birthday day party

    raj Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:41 PM

    she is beautiful. possibility of entering into politics

    Shane Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:48 PM

    Wow, I thought this girl was born or lived atleast most of her life abroad the way she spoke Sinhalese. just 5years been abroad she forgot to speak her native language which she has spoke for 20years. Just like her father she is big fat liar too!!!!

    saman Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:11 PM

    Ok honey......

    Ben Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:09 PM

    MS is not a traitor, because he stood up against the corrupt leader in his own party when others waging their tails to him. He is going to be in the books as a hero for sure.

    peter casie chetty Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:21 PM

    Loose? You mean lose.

    Chryshan Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:23 AM

    Oh we dont need another Attanayake hoodoo in politics. Thanks god he left UNP and made Mahinda loose the election. Otherwise this time too they would have lost the election.

    Kithudugama Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:15 AM

    Appachchi will end up in the slammer,if convicted

    de silva Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:32 AM

    A traitor is a traitor.We treat him as a traitor and he does not belong the UNP.Let him join the SLFP.We are not against it.

    OMG Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:38 AM

    You better tell your Appachchi that not all Sri Lankans are fools.

    WIN SL Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:40 AM

    Name of the Drama - "Appachchi"

    hari Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:48 AM

    All questions under the planet asked except for the forged document. Gutter journalism.

    Gus Gemba Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:49 AM

    Ask Appachchi how much money he made with his long jump!

    Labby Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:59 AM

    I feel sorry for this child. She has either been brainwashed or she is utterly clueless about the implications of what her father had done.

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