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Last updated: 16 March, 2008 - Published 12:55 GMT
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Anura B 'mistaken' on JVP
Anura Bandaranaike
Mr. Bandaranaike held many senior positions in Sri Lanka parliament
Anura Bandaranaike helped to get the support of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in forming a government without being aware of the true nature of the JVP says Sunethra Bandaranaike.

The eldest sister of the former parliamentarian said that the move to get JVP support was an opportunist political step in order to gain power.

Sunethra Bandaranaike told BBC Sandeshaya that every politician is an opportunist when it comes to gain power.

The senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarian has passed away in Colombo on Sunday.

National question

A former speaker of the parliament and a member of cabinet in both SLFP and United National Party (UNP) led governments, he has been seriously ill for the last few weeks.

He is also the younger brother of Sri Lanka's first woman executive president, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

Sunethra Bandaranaike
Sunethra says her brother was disappointed with Govt.'s war strategy

A senior leader of the SLFP, he was sacked from the cabinet of ministers by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in February, last year.

Mrs. Bandarananaike said the late MP always maintained a 'wider view' on resolving Sri Lanka's national question.

However, he sought support of the Sinhala nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to defeat Ranil Wickramasinghe government that signed a wide ranging truce with the LTTE.

"He might not have understood the real face of the JVP at that time," Sunethra Bandaranaike told BBC

Greedy for power

"However, the politicians can be opportunistic as they always greedy for power," the eldest daughter of two former heads of state in Sri Lanka said.

Mr. Bandaranaike, only son of the world's first woman prime minister, was also the leader of the opposition during President JR Jayawardene's term in office.

Anura Bandaranaike (L) with President Rajapaksa (R) and JVP's Wimal Weerawansa
Late MP was influential in getting JVP's help to defeat UNP Govt.

He was appointed after the TULF parliamentarians resigned in protest of the sixth amendment to the constitution.

The late MP supported UNP government's amendment to ban MPs from promoting separatism in Sri Lanka.

However, his eldest sister says Mr. Bandaranaike was very disappointed on policies of Rajapaksa administration in which he was a member until last year.

In November 2007, Mr. Bandaranaike joined the opposition at the vote for government's budget proposals.

Funeral arrangements

He did not vote against the budget, says Sunethra Bandaranaike, to protest government's war strategy and rising cost of living.

The funeral of the late MP is to be held on Wednesday in Horagolla.

Mrs. Bandaranaike said the family decided to bury him together with his late parents.

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