S. B. Dissanayake
S. B. Dissanayake
|Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare|
4 September 2015
|Prime Minister||Ranil Wickremesinghe|
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
|Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Kandy District
|Born||18 September 1951|
|Political party||Sri Lanka Freedom Party|
United National Party
|Children||Narada and Tharaka|
|Alma mater||University of Sri Jayewardenepura|
Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Sumanaweera Banda Dissanayake, MP (born 18 September 1951) (known as S. B. Dissanayake) is a Sri Lankan politician. He is the former Cabinet Minister of Higher Education in President Mahinda Rajapakse's Government. He was former general secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and former National Organizer of the United National Party Dissanayake lost his cabinet position after Rajapaksha was defeated at the 2015 presidential election in Sri Lanka. .
In the 1977 General Elections Dissanayake contested the Hanguranketha Electorate from the Communist Party but was defeated. Dissanayaka contested for the parliamentary election in 1994 under the People's Alliance from the Nuwara Eliya district and was elected to parliament with 38372 votes. He served as the Cabinet Minister of Samurdhi affaris, Youth Affairs and Sports under President Chandrika Kumaratunga. In 2001, Dissanayaka and other eight ministers from the PA government crossed over to the United National Party which was a crucial factor in the downfall of the incumbent PA government. In 2002 he was assigned as the Cabinet Minister of Samurdhi and Agriculture in the UNP government under prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe in addition to being elevated to National Organiser of the party. In December 2009, Dissanayaka crossed over again, to the SLFP. Dissanayake lost his cabinet position after Rajapaksha was defeated at the 2015 presidential election in Sri Lanka. His controversial statement about former president Chandrika Kumaratunge was criticized by many in the run up to the polls in 2015.
Dissanayake joined the National government in 2015 led by the United National Party as the Minister of Rural Economic Affairs.
S.B. Dissanayake was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment by five Judge Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva on December 7, 2004 for defaming the Supreme Court during a speech he made at a function in Habaraduwa in the year 2003. On February 2006, he was fully released by the President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Scandal with Susanthika Jayasinghe
Former Sri Lankan sprint athlete Susanthika Jayasinghe alleged during a live segment on Lasantha Wickrematunge's show that Minister Dissanayaka had attempted to sexually harass her. Later, Jayasinghe claimed that she did not specifically accuse Minister Dissanayaka.
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