Thondaman’s remains to lie-in-state in Parliament tomorrow
ECONOMYNEXT – The remains of Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development will Lie-in-State in the Assembly Hall of Parliament from 10.45 am to 11.30 am tomorrow Thursday, May 28, the Parliamentary Secretariat said.
The 54-year old politician died yesterday due to what was described as a fall at his home.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Ministers are expected to pay their respects to the Hill-country leader.
Thondaman’s funeral with full state honours will be held at Nuwara Eliya on Sunday, May 31.
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 27, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana