Namal’s Tharunyata Hetak Beats Them All
By Raisa Wickrematunge
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son Namal’s Tharunyata Hetak has spent a staggering Rs. 119 million on election propaganda promoting his father for the upcoming presidential election.
This was revealed by the Programme for the Protection of Public Resources, (PPPR) which operates within Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), in its second report released last week.
According to the report, Tharunyata Hetak, which is owned by two of the President’s sons, reserved 4,616 TV spots and 2,245 radio slots. “The advertisements were exclusively promoting incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” according to the PPPR.
The exact total cost came to a whopping Rs. 118,599,400. This amount was separate from the slots reserved by the UPFA itself. The advertisements were roughly 15-30 seconds in duration, according to a TISL representative. In addition, it was revealed that the spots reserved by Tharunyata Hetak included prime time slots.