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Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne was in a spot in Parliament today, when he claimed that the enlarged photograph of Minister Basil Rajapaksa was included in a full page newspaper advertisement as part of the Mattala International Airport’s publicity campaign.

Minister Jayaratne, in response to a question by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited had published an advertisement in a Sinhala newspaper at a cost of Rs. 225,000, to publicise and market the new  airport on March 6, 2013.

He said a large cutout of Minister Basil Rajapaksa was included in it for attraction.  However, Mr. Dissanayake confronted Minister Jayaratne saying the advertisement had only been published to congratulate Minister Basil Rajapaksa on his appointment as the National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Upon request by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, the JVP produced a copy of the advertisement   to prove his point.

 “Today, we know that images of actors and actresses are used in advertisements to market products such as soap and perfumes. Likewise, the image of Mr. Rajapaksa has been used to market the Mattala Airport. It is very interesting,” he said.

The Minister replied, “Mr. Rajapaksa rendered a great service towards the construction of this airport. Therefore we did it as a tribute to him.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker said he was very disappointed that his name was not included in the newspaper advertisement. Earlier, he had informed Parliament that it was he who laid the foundation stones for both the airport and port projects in Hambantota. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera )

  Comments - 18

  • Pol Tokkahj Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:03 PM

    This is the mentality of our low level thinking politicians..A sickness that is prevalent right from their leader...What a sad and sorry state of affairs for our great country.

    Rohan Thursday, 12 December 2013 12:00 AM

    As long as this image building political system in Sri Lanka, we are going nowhere. At the elections only the image counts, not the work they have done. This system and the public both should be responsible. via DM Android App

    Karigalan Thursday, 12 December 2013 05:08 AM

    ur advertising domesticaly for Hambantota air port

    way to go SL....

    these guys are fighting as if they build with their own money.

    Sarjoon Friday, 13 December 2013 05:40 AM

    What is happening in the country??? People fight for the daily bread. The politicians fight for the place.

    Cobra Thursday, 12 December 2013 12:23 AM

    How they twist and turn the truth to hide their ego, inefficiency and fraudulent mind is beyond me!!! We are all waiting what twist they will give the heroin case before they sweep it under the carpet!

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 12 December 2013 12:24 AM

    Ane mehema ratak. Are these people doesn't wear cloths?

    Lanka Shantha Thursday, 12 December 2013 12:34 AM

    Rs. 225,000? So the Newspaper will write whatever the Government had done is correct.

    willows Thursday, 12 December 2013 05:46 AM

    Replace Ranil with Anura Kumara as the Opposition Leader immediately, he will act like a real Op. Leader.

    Be Fair Thursday, 12 December 2013 05:58 AM

    Faithful servant of a deputy minister.............

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 12 December 2013 02:46 AM

    From the poor mans sweat, our ruthless politicians are trying to enjoy benefits, but how long - we will wait and see.

    Kay Jay Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:03 AM

    Agree. Unfortunately they forget their bearings l when given an opportunity to be a partner in running the country. Example Mr. Wimal W.

    tony Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:16 AM


    Palliyaguru Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:48 AM

    What kind of sick morons run this country?

    Suicide Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:22 AM

    You voted them to live with it and try to use your brain next time when you vote

    raspi Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:19 PM

    LOL who gives a whether a politicians picture is their in an ad or not?
    WOW boot licking level Sri Lanka

    Mangala Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:31 PM

    These politicos wasting public money for their name raise. Curse on them.

    Simple mind Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:00 PM

    All these are done with the peoples' money. So it's not the politicians who should be applauded but the people.

    Ratavasiya Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:50 PM

    Anura Kumar Dissanayake shold be the Leader of the Oposition in Parliament. Speeches made by JVPers in the parliament are the best among all members in the House.

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