Chief Minister dies
Central Province Chief Minister W. D. M. P. B. D. Dissanayake
died yesterday after a prolonged illness. He was 76.
Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Punchi Banda Dissanayake started his political
career in 1969 having unsuccessfully contested the Gampola seat
at the 1970 general elections and was elected to parliament in 1977
in the UNP landslide victory. President J.R. Jayewardene appointed
him as the Kandy district minister in 1978. With the formation of
Provincial Councils, he became the first Central Provincial Chief
Minister in 1988 and was re-elected in 1993.
In the Provincial
Council elections held in 1998 he won his seat but with UNP losing
the Council he became a member of the opposition with the change
of the political scene he was elected chief minister in 2002 and
continued to hold the post until his death. Prior to joining politics,
Mr. Dissanayake worked as a teacher, a Customs officer and a labour
He was born
on April 16, 1927 and was educated at St. Sylvester's College, Kandy.
He was a member of the working committee of the UNP and was regarded
as an experienced politician being well versed in all three languages.
He leaves behind two daughters and a son.