President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa,   former Speaker  Karu Jayasuriya and former parliamentary colleagues of the late CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman paid their last respects  as  his remains lay in state at the Assembly Hall of Parliament today from 10.45 a.m. to 11.30  a.m.

Diplomats and staff of Parliament also paid their last respects to the former parliamentarian.

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader and  Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure passed away  on Tuesday following a  heart attack . He was  56.

Arumugam Thondaman was  born on 29  May 1964 and was an old boy of Royal College. He was the grandson of the founder of the  CWC Saumyamoorthy  Thondaman and first entered Parliament in 1994 and has represented the Nuwara Eliya district consecutively since then.

Many have paid tribute to the CWC leader  with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa saying he is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of   Thondaman. “ He served his community with dedication and stood for the rights of plantation workers,” the President said sending his  condolences to his family and & friends.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe too expressed his sympathies to the family of Arumugam Thondaman. “As a leader who served his people faithfully, his absence will be felt across communities in Sri Lanka,”  he said.

His  funeral will take place on Sunday 31 May at  Nuwara Eliya.

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa & former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya accompany the coffin of late Arumugam Thandaman to Parliament Assembly Hall 
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paying his last respects 
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa & Mrs.Shiranthi Rajapaksa paying their last respects 
PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem & former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya 
Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, Chamal Rajapaksa, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon were among those present 
The late CWC leaders body was draped in the Party flag 
The remains of the late CWC leader lying in state in Parliament assembly hall
Temperature checks were carried out on all attending the funeral 
SBJ leader Sajith Premadas gets some hand sanitizer 
A diplomat paying his respects 
The President also signed the condolence book at the venue 
In his own words: The President's message of condolence