The funeral of senior politician Jayatilake Podinilame will take place at the Kegalla Police Grounds on Thursday. The funeral will take place under state patronage.
Mr. Jayatilake Podinilame who had been ailing for some time passed away yesterday at the age of 66. He commenced his political career from Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in 1971 and later joined the United National Party. He served as the Minister of Industries, Trade and Transport in 1991. He was also the Chief Minister of the Sabaragamuwa Province from 1993 to 1998. He was also the Northwestern Development Minister of the United National Party Government in the year 2000. Mr. Podinilame left the United National Party in 2010 and joined the United People’s Freedom Alliance supporting the President’s programme and served as a Deputy Chairman of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council until last year. He was a father of two children. The remains are lying at his residence at Siyambalapitiya in Kegalla