Bandaranaike’s 121st birth anniversary falls today and a ceremony had been organised at his memorial statue at Galle Face under the patronage of former President and current SLFP Chairman Maithripala Sirisena.
According to our reporter, only around 08 people had gathered at the statue for the ceremony so far.
It is also reported that Bandaranaike’s daughter former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunge had not been invited to the commemoration ceremony.
However, Chandrika Bandaranaike and her sister had arrived at the statue around 7.45 am this morning (08) and placed floral tributes and left.
At that point she had told the media that she had not been invited to the commemoration.
S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was Sri Lanka’s fourth Prime Minister. He was born to a Christian family in Colombo. His father Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike was a Mudliar during the British rule.
Solomon Bandaranaike later converted to Buddhism with the aim of entering politics. He entered politics in 1926 contesting the Colombo Municipal Council under the UNP ticket.
In 1951 he left the UNP and formed the SLFP. Having contested the 1956 general election, he was elected as the fourth Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
His wife Sirimavo Bandaranaike later held the post of Prime Minister on three occasions.
Bandaranaike served as Prime Minister from 1956 to 1959 until he was assassinated by a Buddhist Bikkhu.