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Sri Lanka president turns intemperate at home?

A private website that operates from Sri Lanka has reported that the country’s President is terribly upset about his reception in New Delhi where he was invited to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as India’s Prime Minister. And the words that Rajapaksa has reportedly used are not becoming of an office bearer of his stature.

“I thought he had asked me to come because of friendship. Now, it seems he is worse than the previous ones. I will have to learn Hindi because he does not know English. If he bullies us that much at the very first meeting, it is sure he will finish us off within a year or so. Not a single Indian should be trusted,” saying thus, President Rajapaksa played havoc at Temple Trees, his residence, yesterday upon his return from India, say Temple Trees internal sources.

After attending Indian new prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in at New Delhi, the president spent the entire morning in a rage without doing any work. During times the president loses his temper, none of his staff members goes near him. It is his habit to utter in filth what comes to his mind, irrespective of whether there are any men or women near him, at such times. Knowing this, secretary to the president Lalith Weeratunga cancels all appointments. Accordingly, he had cancelled all appointments for the morning.

Every morning around 10 am, the president drinks thambili (coconut) water, reported Lanka News Web. It is a help named Piyasiri, who checks the president’s food, brings the thambili water and the kernel in a ceramic cup. Yesterday, he left the cup on a table nearby, instead of his custom of handing it over to the president. Further maddened by that, the president threw the ceramic cup containing the drink and kernel at the wall. That left even the sentries on duty startled.

Later, Lalith Weeratunga, permanent secretary to the President of Sri Lanka, went to the president, pacified him and got him to go upstairs. The person who related this incident to the private website said such things happen at the Temple Trees at least once a week, and are not taken seriously. Taking their father as an example, his three sons too, have now made it a habit to dash what they can get their hands on, when they get angry, LNW reported. At this rate, by the time the president leaves Temple Trees, it will be devoid of any household items, the website quoted him as saying.

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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