Pa­tron Chan­drika’s lament over ‘no-in­vite’ to SLFP’s an­nual Ball SUN­DAY PUNCH 2

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

For­mer twice-elected Pres­i­dent -- and co-pa­tron of the party her fa­ther SWRD founded --Chan­drika Ban­daranaike Ku­maratunge got her garters in a twist this week when she found to her dis­may that she had not been in­vited as the Belle of the Ball to the an­nual SLFP con­ven­tion which was held this Tues­day at the Su­gath­adasa In­door Sta­dium where Pres­i­dent Sirisena held court alone.

She dashed a let­ter to SLFP Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Prof. Ro­hana Lak­sh­man Piyadasa, com­plain­ing that the Gam­paha Dis­trict Sec­re­taries were in­formed and posters had been dis­trib­uted among them but she had been left in the lurch not in­formed of this yearly get to­gether.

“All SLFP mem­bers have been in­vited ex­cept me and SLFP Ke­laniya Or­gan­iser Thi­lak Waragoda. All of them were in­vited to be present on Novem­ber 30 at 4.00 p.m.,” she said in the let­ter. "I learn that MP Alagiyawanna had ad­vised the or­gan­is­ers not to in­vite me and Ke­laniya Or­gan­iser to the an­nual con­ven­tion. Rathanasena Ketawalage, who was my ad­viser in my po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, had re­ceived a poster on Novem­ber 30 when he went to the SLFP Head­quar­ters for some other work. But no one had in­formed me about an SLFP an­nual con­ven­tion un­til now,”

Take heart Chan­drika. The gods work in mys­te­ri­ous ways. Count your lucky stars that in the present cir­cum­stances, some­one some­where for­got to paste the stamp on the en­ve­lope when he or she dropped it into the post­box. Per­haps it was a bless­ing in dis­guise. Un­less of course, your wish is to be judged by the com­pany you keep.

SLFP PARTY PA­TRON FOR­MER PRES­I­DENT CHAN­DRIKA: No in­vite, no show, no loss ei­ther

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