Ministers as well as members of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle’s family paid floral tributes at the Jeyaraj Fernandopulle memorial statue in Weliveriya at 8.30 am. on this day. Many programmes have been organized throughout the Gampaha district to mark the death anniversary.
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle held the portfolios of Trade, Commerce, Consumer Affairs & Marketing Development and Highways. In 1994 he was first appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance, Ethnic Affairs & National Integration and was later appointed as Deputy Minister of Plan Implementation, National Integration and Ethnic Affairs. In 1997 he was appointed as the Minister of Plan Implementation and Parliamentary Affairs. In 2000 he was re-elected and appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation, Tourism and Christian Religion Affairs.
In 2004 he was re-elected as a Member of the Parliament and was appointed as the Minister of trade, commerce, consumer Affairs and chief government whip of parliament. In 2005, after the Presidential election he was appointed as the Minister of Trade, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Marketing Development and minister of Highways. Late Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber while he was participating in a sports festival in Weliveriya area on April 6th 2008.
Ministers, opposition leaders and distinguished guests were present at the occasion.