By Faraz Shauketaly
UNP Ratnapura parliamentarian, Thalatha Athukorala, issued a statement condemning the remarks made by the recently elected MP Ranjan Ramanayaka.
Athukorala said in a telephone interview with The Sunday Leader, that to slate the dead was poor form but to attempt to tarnish the name of a former leader of the UNP and former President of Sri Lanka was below par for a serving parliamentarian like Ramanayaka who had only recently been elected to parliament.
Athukorala continued adding that President Ranasingha Premadasa remains an iconic figure amongst the people of Sri Lanka who reminisce fondly of the many achievements of the former UNP Leader.
President Premadasa ultimately paid for his visionary ideals with his own life when he was assassinated by the LTTE.
Ramanayaka had suggested that President Premadasa was responsible for the erosion of the UNP vote base, drawing flak from the likes of Athukorala who is known as a fiercely loyal member of the UNP resisting attempts to crossover to the government in the run up to the last parliamentary elections.