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Sajith Premadasa, MP (Sinhala : සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස, Tamil : சஜித் பிரேமதாச) (born 12 January 1967) is a Sri Lankan politician. He is the Cabinet Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs and Member of Parliament for Hambantota District. A Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP), he is a working committee member of the UNP and a former Cabinet Minister of Housing and Samurudi Affairs and a Deputy Minister of Health. He is Son of the former President of Sri Lanka, Ranasinghe Premadasa.[1]


Sajith Premadasa

සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස
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Minister of Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs
Assumed office
20 December 2018
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byWimal Weerawansha
Minister for Housing and Construction.
In office
4 September 2015 – 26 October 2018
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byWimal Weerawansha
Minister of Housing and Samurdhi
In office
12 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Deputy Leader of the United National Party
Assumed office
2014
Preceded byVacant
In office
2011–2013
Preceded byKaru Jayasuriya
Succeeded byVacant
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Hambantota District
Assumed office
2000
Deputy Minister of Health
In office
2001–2004
PresidentChandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Personal details
Born (1967-01-12) 12 January 1967 (age 52)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
Spouse(s)Jalani Premadasa
ParentsRanasinghe Premadasa
(father)
Hema Premadasa
(mother)
ResidenceSucharitha Senasuma,
Wellawaya Road,
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka.
EducationMSc Public Management (University of Maryland), BSc Economics & Political Science (London School of Economics)
Alma materS. Thomas' Preparatory School,
Royal College Colombo,
Mill Hill School,
London School of Economics,
University of Maryland
OccupationPolitician
WebsiteOfficial website

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Early life and educationEdit

Sajith Premadasa was born on 12 January 1968 in Colombo, to Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was at the time member of parliament for the Colombo District and his wife Hema Premadasa. He had one sister, Dulanjali.

He attended S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Royal College Colombo and Mill Hill School.[2][3] He graduated from London School of Economics and attended the University of Maryland for postgraduate studies. Sajith won the A/L prize for politics and business studies and besides being appointed a Prefect, a rare honour for any foreign student, also played in the first 11 cricket team for four years, captaining the side in 1986. A graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science of the University of London, his degree covered the areas of economics, politics and international relations.Following his BSc at LSE, Sajith decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Management at the University of Maryland, near Washington DC. [4]

During his studies Sajith also had the rare distinction of completing his internship at the U.S. Senate working in its Foreign Relations Committee under Senator Larry Pressler a Republican from South Dakota. Sajith met many other influential senators, including John McCain and former presidential candidate John Kerry. [5]

Early political careerEdit

Premadasa entered Sri Lankan politics after the assassination of his father in 1993. Having joined his fathers party the United National Party, he was appointed district organizer of the UNP for Hambantota District in 1994. He launched several projects for poverty alleviation and housing development. After years of working at grassroots level, Sajith entered Parliament in year 2000 polling the highest number of preferences in Hambantota and the highest preference vote percentage of the whole country. For the fourth general election in a row, Sajith Premadasa won the highest percentage of preferential votes out of all United National Party candidates.

Tharuna Saviya

Tharuna Saviya, the Youth Movement of Sajith Premadasa. The mission of the Tharuna Saviya is to recruit, train, mobilize, and engage youth in all 25 Districts of Sri Lanka to win the battle of ideas and elections in order to move towards a new Premadasa era. Tharuna Saviya serves as a voice for youth across the country, and provides them with the training and resources they need to succeed in winning future generations.

Jana Suwaya

Jana Suwaya People Development Foundation initiated in 1994 has made an earnest attempt at addressing the paramount issues of basic human needs faced by the people of Hambantota. Through the establishment of 20 NGOs, which are registered under the social services ministry of Sri Lanka, Janasuwaya program has embarked on a pathbreaking mission to light up the lives of the less fortunate, poorest of the poor and the downtrodden in hambantota society.

Sasunata Aruna

Sajith Premadasa, has initiated a novel project, namely Sasunata Aruna, to help and assist Buddhist temples and Sunday schools in line with the 2600 Sambuddatwa Jayanthi celebrations this year

ParliamentEdit

It was from the Hambantota district he contested the 2000 general election and entered parliament with 83 percent of the UNP preferential votes. He won 82 percent of the preferential votes in the 2001 election and 84 percent in the 2004 election and 89 percent in 2010.

Deputy Minister of HealthEdit

He was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Health under the premiership of Ranil Wickramasinghe in 2001 and remained till 2004 when his government was dissolved by President Chandrika.

General Election 2010Edit

For the fourth general election in a row, Sajith Premadasa won the highest percentage of preferential votes out of all United National Party candidates, which was just under 90 percent of United National Party votes in the Hambantota Electoral District.

Deputy Leader of the UNPEdit

Premadasa was elected as the deputy leader of the United National Party in 2011 and then removed from the position in 2013. In 2014 party decided formally appointed him as the deputy leader.[6]

BiographyEdit

A book titled ‘Sajith Premadasa: The People’s Leader: The Legacy of Ranasinghe Premadasa’ written by Dr. Telli C. Rajaratnam is scheduled to be launched in February 2019 (ISBN 978-955-51312-6-1).

The book consists of 19 chapters and 300 pages with hard cover and jacket of the same artwork in full colour. It illustrates Sajith Premadasa’s career and vision and includes the housing programs, his speeches in Parliament, his press conferences which depict his wisdom, maturity and understanding of democracy, human dignity, rule of law, media freedom, humanity and humanitarian principles.

The book also illustrates reflections of the great contribution made by President Ranasinghe Premadasa, his father. Just below the title of the book the following is cited: ‘There go my people, I must follow them for I am their Leader’: Mahatma Gandhi. [7]

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