Dignitaries pay their last respects to deceased CWC leader Thondaman in Parliament
ECONOMYNEXT – The funeral of the late Leader of the Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) Arumugam Thondaman takes place in Nuwara Eliya with state honours on Sunday, May 31.
Thondaman, who was Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development died Tuesday night after a fall at his home. He was 55 years old.
Today his remains lay in Parliament.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and other dignitaries paid their last respects to him today May 28.
The remains of the late Minister Thondaman were brought to the Parliamentary complex this morning from his residence in Battaramulla.
He has been the MP for the district of Nuwara Eliya for 26 years.
His son Jeevan is expected to contest the seat on behalf of the Sri Lanka Podujana Nidahas Peramuna at the upcoming Parliamentary General elections.
Thondaman was born on 29th of May 1964 and was an old boy of Royal College.
He was the grandson of prominent unionist, former leader of CWC Saumyamoorthi Thondaman and came into politics in 1985 as private secretary to his grandfather. Following the demise of the elder Thondaman, he was elected as the Leader of CWC in 1999.
During his political career, he held many cabinet ministerial portfolios such as Estate Infrastructure & Livestock Development, Housing & Plantation Infrastructure, Youth Empowerment & Socio-Economic Development and Livestock and Rural Community Development. (Colombo, May 28, 2020)