Colombo Telegraph can now reveal that the son of UNP Parliamentarian Chandrani Bandara has been given a diplomatic posting by the Rajapaksa Government even though he has not passed the Sri Lanka Foreign Service Exam or gone through the appropriate channels.
The posting for the UNP MP’s son is believed to be a reward to Tissa Attanayake from the Government for the role played by the UNP general secretary to the Ranil-Sajith negotiations to bring Sajith in as deputy leader of the party once again.
Chandrani Bandara is believed to be on intimate terms with Attanayake over a prolonged period, even though the latter is also married.
Rukshan Jayasinghe the son of UNP MP Chandrani Bandara has already departed for the Sri Lankan Consulate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The political appointment for the offspring of a opposition MP comes amid angry allegations by the UNP and the JVP about the number of political appointments based on nepotism and other connections to the regime being posted to Lankan missions overseas.
When the news began to circulate in UNP circles about the appointment of Rukshan Jayasinghe several party seniors wanted to take the issue up with MP Chandrani Bandara and call for explanation.
However Attanayake intervened claiming the appointment was a ‘personal matter’.
UNP MP Rosy Senanayake who also strongly supports Premadasa also had offspring working for the Government through political connections. Her daughter was inducted to work for CHOGM as previously revealed in Colombo Telegraph and was to be sent as a diplomat. However after revelations about the appointment Senanayake is believed to have withdrawn her daughter from the group.