The Prime Minister Office said today the hall adjoining Temple Trees given out for MP Chatura Senaratne’s wedding was paid for by him according to standard procedure and not given free of charge, as such it was in no way a misappropriation of public funds as claimed by certain parties.
Rejecting certain media reports that the hall was given free of charge the MPs wedding, the statement said his wedding was held in a hall adjoining the Prime Minister’s official residence - -Temple Trees. “It is standard procedure for this particular hall to be given for state and other selected functions depending the requests made for this hall,” the statement said. “Accordingly, the hall was given out to the MP following his request that he was keen to have his wedding in this particular hall, considering his status as government MP and the reasons given to justify his request."
The statement also highlighted the fact that the PM’s office was not involved in decorating the hall or in any other functions connected to the wedding including the food at the wedding reception.
ravin Friday, 31 August 2018 19:27
Oh ! well could PM's office disclose full details of cost/charges involved with this function for public interest.
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Curious Saturday, 1 September 2018 07:31
Is this the girl he was supposed to have abducted?
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umen Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:47
now it's time for Anura Kumara to go around the country talking about Namal's wedding expenses
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Sickmental Saturday, 1 September 2018 20:06
This young fellow has a sock mentality. Those of the family and the party are feeding one man's ego
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GH Friday, 31 August 2018 19:29
A gross abuse justified!
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CITIZEN Sunday, 2 September 2018 10:33
Whatever reasons given by the Prime Minister's Office justifying the allocation of the premises for the said wedding, it is definitely, a "STUPID" decision! The Hall may be given for State functions, at the discretion of the PM, but certainly NOT for unofficial events. The dignity of the PM's Official Residence must be maintained NOT compromised! If this becomes a precedent people will want to have weddings, anniversaries, puberty ceremonies, birthday functions etc in the Hall in their desire to adding glory to their function. On what grounds can the PM's Office refuse, except on Municipal Grounds!!
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Manik Friday, 31 August 2018 19:30
This fellow has enough wealth to conduct his wedding at any other suitable place but not at Temple Trees. Temple Trees Trees belong to people of Sri Lanka not to any politician including PM.
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bert Friday, 31 August 2018 20:22
you are forgetful person my dear. Remember how mara lived there and ordered all corruptions from that building. Wait and see what ever goes around will come around. Dont forget mara has absolutely no feelingsfor you guys except his family. People who helped mara living 6 feet under now. If mara get elected you people will be in line to go under 6 feet.
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Voter Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:42
It is not about Mars but this has nothing to do with Mars but about yahapalana and its abuses
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Manik Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:56
Bert,you got it wrong. I don't like either mara or the other party. All these fellows must be languishing in Welikada Prison. and the Prison hall is the most suitable place to accommodate Mara and other guys and guys praising the all "Desapaaluwo"of the country including similar wedding parties.
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Missaka Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:53
@ BERT: That's why people selected this GOV., that not to miss use public funds, but doing it better than the previous regime.
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Nuwan Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:48
That is an appalling justification for misuse of public property by a big headed politician and his son.
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samson Saturday, 1 September 2018 07:58
Dear bert do you think that Ranil has feelings for you guys?
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SUBSIDIZED - NO DOUBT Saturday, 1 September 2018 19:22
"This fellow has enough wealth to conduct his wedding " May be - BUT why spend - if this hall costs are heavily subsidized - like the paltry sun paid by these fellows for their gourmet meals and tea parties (at our cost) in parliament. News outlets to demand the hire charges etc under the rights for information act. I be you it would be a measly sum.
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Ani Friday, 31 August 2018 19:43
What a stupid , idiotic explanation
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Bakaladasa Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:09
Absolutely!Main reason given- " him being a govt MP"
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Saman Friday, 31 August 2018 19:46
Come on guys.. leave him alone. He is doing things for the country from his child hood.
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Mm Friday, 31 August 2018 19:56
Didn’t chathura in his political wedding speech say “no other hotel had space for his nakatha so PM GAVE THE HALL TO HIM. And he spent nothing! Even deco done by his business friends free.. myyyyy
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Nuwan Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:50
All civilised countries have laws limiting donations to the politicians one way or the other. Why? because friends who offer you the gifts are the ones who get special treatment. That is something illegal in a proper democracy. Chathura here is exposed. I think it is the duty of the media and the opposition to find out who his friends are, that public knows when they get special treatments.
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Kasi Friday, 31 August 2018 20:19
Temple trees belong to every citizen of SL. Am I allowed to have my son's wedding at temple trees and how much is the charge? Please disclose the rate how much did you charge the minister?
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Jaliya Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:27
Disclosing the rate isn't just enough. For the interest of public we would like to also know how is the payment is made by a check or cash credit card and where the deposit was made anyone can produce a cpoy of the paid receipt to the press etc ... This info is not top secret and should be disclosed to public any failure to disclose means it was a shady deal. Was there any involvement of additional security police due to this function and who paid for that as well ?
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Premawathie Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:13
Actually you are. The hall has been in use for the past 2 years by the public. We had our school OGA Dinner Dance there last year as well. Feroze Kamardeen had his comedy show there (Freddy) as well. All you need to do is call them up, get the rates and book the venue. It was built at heavy expense by the Rajapaksas a few years back but as PM does not live at Temple Trees he asked that the hall be rented out for functions. FYI
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Prakash Friday, 31 August 2018 20:38
What is the procedure to a family event at Temple aTrees Hall? After all we elected you.
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Ani Friday, 31 August 2018 20:48
This not about mara, this is about present government who came to power saying that mara is wrong. No way these repeat the same.
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Jan Friday, 31 August 2018 20:57
MUN OKKOMA EKAI API THAMAI MODA MUNTA CHANDE DEEPU?
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Keppetipola Friday, 31 August 2018 21:01
PM should be arrested immediately for misusing government properties for the benefit of his cahoots
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Sam Friday, 31 August 2018 21:16
Most of the people in this country are simply stupid to make these useless people famous and vest the power of PMs. Someone has to give lessons on how to choose leaders for this country, not simply looking an option from MR, RW, or JVP.
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Dee Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:26
Who the hell built that stupid place in the first place? Hang him! Inside that! Just a waste of public funds by the 'YP' ha ha ha!
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Palle Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:31
To the PM: If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
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Ceylon Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:45
Wishing Happy family life for both.
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Ceylon Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:52
Nothing wrong this wedding at temple trees since paid the bill.but well known the srilankan peoples jealousyness and negative thinkings chatura made a mistake.its much better if he spent that money to a private hotel,at least that money goes to employees and investors pockets than to the corrupt government.
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T de alwis Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:12
When Rajitha went ro Singapore for heart treatment he said he paid out from his pocket!
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Jaliya Saturday, 1 September 2018 10:30
I think all these transactions must be audited by a foreign firm that has no economic nor political interest in here. Only then we know the real truth.
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Ceylon Saturday, 1 September 2018 20:38
He didnt say that.he said pm arranged it without his request.
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Be Fair Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:16
Chathura married.......................???????????Best news out of Yahapalanaya
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Maithree Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:54
Charge them for misappropriation, consoirscy, common intention, aiding and abetting and section 5(1) Of the offended against public property and a 8(1) certificate
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Ram Saturday, 1 September 2018 03:15
If a MP is entitled to have his wedding at the Hall at Temple Tree then those who elected the MP too should have that right. Why not give to a MP to organise a end of the year dance?
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chitral Saturday, 1 September 2018 04:38
PM's stesment says Chatura is keen to have his wedding there. But Chatura said there is no other place available to have the wedding on that particular date that's why he wanted to have here.Who is correct? They are continue to fool the people
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Sad, corrupt wolf at the door Saturday, 1 September 2018 04:50
What baffles me is why the government is offering stones to opponents to pelt at them. There are many like Rosy and her luxurious life style at the ratepayers costs. Nincompoop on a launching pad wanting 650 thousand chairs to soften the bum and many more which drives people nuts when the likes of Imran Khan are pruning expenditure on politicians
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dinesh Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:12
sri lankans have lost faith in the political system and everything seems to bother everybody. A public negative spiral takes the country only in one direction.
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lion Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:25
Ballo Deshapalanaya Karanna giya, kakul hathare ballo rata giya.
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Alsation bowwa Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:07
Rata indan special flight ekakin eka ballek, kakul 4re awa swirzerlanthaye sita..
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Tom Jones Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:47
Time is running out for yahapalanaya govt. They are trying to have the best of time before they are kicked out of power. Chatura isan indiciplined rascal like his parents. Ranil and SIRA ARE MORE CORRUPT than Rajapakse family. This is the most corrupt govt since we obtained independence. Throw the whole lot out at the next elections if u love srilanka. Rajapakse’s too should also be kicked out.
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nihal Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:50
ask them to provide the details under the information act
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Gamini Abhedeera Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:06
Fathers" son! all are racteeres plundering poor Sri Lankas
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Sunil P Perera Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:24
Ha Ha JVP..a bunch of coconut pluckers in the UNP payroll !!
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Independent Analyst Saturday, 1 September 2018 07:09
JRJ also had this attitude. Take it or Leave it. But when Rajiv G farted he trembled. Take note for next Elections.
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Ryan Saturday, 1 September 2018 07:35
If kakkussi kata rajitha and kakkussi slut sujata can take their sons wedding at araliya mandiraya, any countryman should be able to do that, kakkussi kata family is utter disgust
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soba Saturday, 1 September 2018 07:49
Is MP's wedding is a state function?
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Samson Saturday, 1 September 2018 08:01
Can I book temple trees according to standard procedure? i dont think so
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Warrior Saturday, 1 September 2018 08:21
NOW our EDUCATED citizens definitely abstain from next election because MUN DEGOLLAMA RATA KANAWA
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TONY Saturday, 1 September 2018 12:28
PLEASE PUBLISH THE LIST OF PROCEDURES TO ADHERE TO FOR RENTING THIS HALL FOR WEDDINGS OR WHATEVER. THERE WILL BE MANY BOOKINGS AND WONT IT BRING REVENUE TO THE GOVT
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philip Saturday, 1 September 2018 12:43
I say this again, sinhalaya modya kayum kana suraya, when bunch of idiots are surrounded by politicians they can easily fool you and get your vote to stay in power
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Fayas Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:58
Whatever said MP s are public servants.Mr. Pm y don't u offer this service for public
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sach Saturday, 1 September 2018 21:32
These days it is the Indian and American embassies that rule the country, so they must have thought of putting the temple trees into some use.
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DillonDP Saturday, 1 September 2018 21:40
Father used presidential fund to get him self operated in Singapore this fund is for the poor in dire need for funds due to medical emergency and the fund is sourced by the people.. Now his son had his wedding at temple trees what a cheap state of affairs
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