19xxx hoarding in Nugegoda
During the race, candidate for deputy mayor Madura Vithana (alternately, Vithanage) ran a hoarding saying – quite hugely – 19xxx.org. Which doesn’t quite sound right. That URL went to a campaign page, but if you typed in 19xxx.com you got redirected to porn. I thought that was pretty funny. What’s even more interesting is that Vithana is now embroiled in a sex tape scandal of his own.
The District Judge of Colombo yesterday issued an enjoining order, restraining the Mayor of Kotte Janaka Ranawake from displaying or distributing a false video tape, which is alleged to show the Deputy Mayor Madura Vithanage, in a compromising position with a nude female. (The Island)
So in this case, Vithana has got caught up in a beef with his own Mayor and it seems that things have gotten bumping ugly fast. While prior politicos have gotten caught with their pants down by their wives (Minister Siripala De Silva) or by security forces in their car (then Chief Justice Sarath Silva), this is the first sex tape scandal I’ve heard of. Sri Lankan voters generally don’t care about politicians sexuality – be they ‘alleged’ underage rapists like Duminda Silva or homosexuals like Ranil Wickremesinghe – so I don’t think that Vithana’s peccadilloes are necessarily career damaging. They are, however, certainly embarrassing. Honestly, you could see the signs during the campaign.