Sampanthan hurt by comments made on official residence

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and former Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan told Parliament today that he was hurt by the comments made over his official residence.

Some members of the Government had questioned the move to allow Sampanthan to occupy an official residence despite not being the Leader of the Opposition.

Sampanthan said that the official residence was given to him in 2017, two years after he became Leader of the Opposition.

He said that till the official residence was given he was living in a flat and had to climb several steps despite his age.

“Members of Parliament were making unkind remarks about the true state of facts,” Sampanthan said.

He also said that he hardly used the official vehicle which was given to him when he was Leader of the Opposition.

Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena, responding to Sampanthan said that any delay to give him the house when he was Opposition Leader after the 2015 Parliamentary elections, was the fault of the former Government.

He said that the current Government has no issue with the facilities given to Sampanthan. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. According to some people Sampanthan is having large economic resources in Trincomalee. It is surprising why he is worried about an official Bungalow. It is nothing for him. If he is too old and unable to climb steps, why not give up Parliamentary politics with the dissolution of the Parliament and give a young opportunist a chance, and continue to be a consultant and Historian to Tamil People.


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