The criticism has stemmed from Sajith urging newspaper editors not to publish a story of him stating he would resign from his ministerial portfolio, during a cabinet meeting.
At a recent cabinet meeting, the minister had said he would resign in protest against the curtailment of funding to his ministry by more than half. The declaration had come in the absence of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Finance minister - Ravi Karunanayake and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade - Malik Samarawickrama, who are currently overseas.
Later, he had phoned newspaper editors, asking them not to publish the story, citing that it was an internal discussion.
The incident had sprung up during a conversation between several editors of prominent National Newspapers, and it has been noted how different Sajith's conduct is, from his father - former President Ranasinghe Premadasa.
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