Former President Chandrika Kumaratunge has slammed the government saying they had an “obsession against” the Bandaranaike family.
Kumaratunge has been quoted in a news report in the BBC Sinhala service.
The BBC report published today (24) states she has also accused the government of “completely forgetting the legacy” of her mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world’s first woman prime minister.
She has said it was also wrong to ignore her accession to power 60 years ago.
”She was not remembered except by ordinary people,” Kumaratunga has told BBC Sinhala.
”Yet neither her party nor the government did anything at all to remember her achievement. I think it is very petty-minded and it is disgusting.
”She put us on the world map. She was a prominent leader of the Non-Aligned Movement and took leadership in many other international negotiations.”
No-one from the government was available to respond to her allegations, the BBC has said.