Colombo Telegraph

Namal Rajapaksa: Building A Cult Of Personality In The North

Namal Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s eldest son and member of parliament from the Hambantota District regularly undertakes tours to the former rebel strongholds of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu to engage in welfare activities. 

A few hours ago the young Parliamentarian tweeted that he had just held a book distribution drive for school children in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. 
 
On his official Twitter account, Rajapaksa tweeted: 
 
Distributing school books in Mullativ and Killinochchi. I do this every year & its amazing to see their smiles”
 
Namal Rajapaksa also posted a picture on his twitter feed of scores of smiling school children and the school books awaiting to be presented. 
 
Closer scrutiny of the picture reveals that every cover of the school books are emblazoned with pictures of MP Namal Rajapaksa in various outfits and poses. Some of the book covers feature pictures of President Rajapaksa at an event. 
 
Rajapaksa who is the Government’s chief strategist of the Southern Provincial Council election to be held in March, is the most sought after endorsement by UPFA candidates. He is the particular preference of sons and daughters of ruling party politicos who are in the fray, namely Malsha Kumaratunga and Udara Lokubandara among several others.

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