Rohitha Rajapaksa claimed he had never received an expensive gift from his father even on his birthday.
He spoke dreamily of his time in his father’s village Medamulana.
“We still meet our old friends when we go to Medamulana. Even though we have now grown up, we have not grown apart. Our hearts are still the same. The house in Medamulana is open to anyone. We even play with the kids of our friends. Still we play cricket and bathe at the anicut” he said.
These responses were markedly different to an interview granted to the same newspaper in 2013. The following were his answers.
What is your favourite thing to spend money on? Bikes and cars.
Where do you like to shop? I shop everywhere, anything that fits perfect will be purchased, price and name does not matter. However, for belts and shoes LV (Louis Vuitton) is my brand.
If you woke up one day looking like Yo, what would you do? Grow my hair, run to my girlfriend’s closet and burn it, get her a new set of clothes and give her freedom to choose her own style of clothing with no restrictions. Send my girlfriend to a cosmetic surgeon and get her birthmark removed.
However it appears that the opposition attacks on the Rajapaksa family corruption and abuse of power resulted in a much more sober interview this week.
Rohitha Rajapaksa also claimed to be a more astute judge of politics than his father.
“I told my father that he would leave us. But he said that, he won’t leave. When one of my friends brought the list of defectors, my father said that we don’t need to panic; it is better if they leave rather than being here and causing harm to the party. But he always said that Maithripala was a senior member and he deserved the Prime Ministerial post” Rohitha said.
He also claimed that Sri Lanka’s ‘royal family’ did not own stable horses or helicopters.
Asked if he and his brothers had a helicopter each at their disposal ‘Chichi’ responded that it was not true.
“We like to travel in helicopters. But we don’t have helicopters. We sometimes travel with my father in helicopter. Sometimes when he asks us to accompany somewhere urgently, we tell him to send the helicopter, but he always says that only he can use the Airforce helicopters. He has bought us toy helicopters, even those were not very expensive ones. We have never asked him for gifts and he has not given us any such special gifts” Rohitha said.
The following are some of Rohitha’s ‘toy helicopters’ that he sometimes shares with his girlfriend Tatyana.