Feb 10, 2017

Sripathi commemoration held (Pics)

The 9th commemoration of late deputy minister - Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was held at the Borella Cemetery last evening (09) under the auspices of Justice minister - Wijayadasa Rajapakshe.

Floral tributes were paid during the event which was attended by the  Sooriyarachchi family, relatives and friends.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was Mr. Sooriyaarachchi's close political associate, was unable to attend the event as he is currently on an official tour in  Maldives. The minister was represented by his sister - Mrs. Jayanthi Gunawardena.

Born in September 08, 1962, Mr. Sooriyarachchi was killed in a road accident on Feb 08, 2008. Three others were killed in the accident which was later deemed as suspicious.

Although he was a prominent force in bringing Mahinda Rajapaksa to power in 2005, he defected from the government with Mangala Samaraweera after functioning as a deputy minister for just several months.

They formed the political party SLFP Mahajana Wing soon afterwards and Mr. Sooriyarachchi functioned as the national organiser of the party.