The office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, responding to alleged ‘false and baseless allegations regarding parliamentarian Chathura Senaratne‘s wedding, claimed that the event was not held at Temple Trees, his (Wickremesinghe’s) official residence but in another building on the same premises.
The office explained that there is a procedure which is followed in hiring these facilities for state or other functions.
Senaratne had made a request to obtain the banquet hall for his wedding and the office, determining that since he was a Government MP and the reasons he had offered were just, had acceded to the request as per established procedures.
‘It was not offered free of charge as some have alleged, but given at rates normally charged for events of this nature,’ according to the media release.
The Prime Minister’s office maintained that it had played no part in decorations, provision of food and beverages or any other matter.
Senaratne, who has a reputation for uncontrollable bragging, is reported to have made a wedding speech in which he praised his bride for choosing to forego the opportunity of becoming a Permanent Resident of the USA. He claimed that the US Ambassador ‘was shocked by this refusal and had said it was the first such case he had encountered as a diplomat’.
Senaratne also said that his bride had decided not to pursue a medical degree in a local state university because ‘she wanted to support him.’
He finally said that the two had a dream of seeing a change in the country and claimed that this dream had been fulfilled.