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Jan 21, 2017

Sajith, very much unlike his father Featured

Usually the term is 'like father like son'. Recently, minister of Housing - Sajith Premadasa has been criticised for being quite the opposite.

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.

A senior editor had also recollected how the late President Premadasa stood firm even amid the stiff opposition of individuals such as Ronnie de Mel and Gamini Dissanayake.
In contrast, Sajith's incapability to take firm decisions and stick to them had been criticised.
PM's reaction
Meanwhile, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that an official who had joined the PM's overseas tour had informed the latter that the President was to consider Sajith's allegation after the PM returned to the country.
In response, the PM had reportedly said to let Sajith leave if he wished and that another can be appointed as a replacement.

Related news :
Sajith tells cabinet he will resign in protest

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