May 23, 2017

Real reasons for cabinet reshuffle? Featured

The government should immediately reveal its reasons for having replaced its finance and foreign ministers, just weeks after claiming them to be the best in the world, says joint opposition MP Dullas Alahapperuma.

Commenting on yesterday’s (22) cabinet reshuffle, he has told ‘Divaina’ that Mangala Samaraweera was given the media ministry to lead the media campaign at the upcoming referendum.

Arjuna is not corrupt

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We don’t believe Arjuna to be corrupt

Also, Arjuna Ranatunga was removed as the ports minister to pave the way for signing agreements for the Hambantota and Trincomalee ports, as he opposed both, said Alahapperuma, adding that they did not believe him to be corrupt.

According to him, the cabinet reshuffle was one intended to temporarily change the mindset of the public who are rallying against the government.

The JO MP asked the people not to expect ‘a tasty harvest’ just because positions changed.

Mahinda telephones Ravi

Meanwhile, after hearing that Ravi Karunanayake would have a change in his portfolio, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned him, and strongly criticized his successor Maithripala Sirisena.

It was a serious wrong to remove Karunanayake as finance minister after his having played a big role in forming the government, and president Sirisena is ungrateful, said Rajapaksa.

However, a few months ago, the JO moved a no-confidence motion against Karunanayake, accusing him to be corrupt.

A Ranil-Maithri playact

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A Ranil-Maithri playact

Meanwhile, JPV leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the objective of the cabinet reshuffle was not to solve public issues, but to keep the SLFP group within the government in order for its continuation until 2020.

This is a playact by the Ranil-Mahinda coalition, because changing a cabinet cannot make a country that could not be made by changing government, he said.

Had Karunanayake been facing accusations, what should have been done was to sack him and investigate him, instead of giving him another portfolio, said Dissanayake.

To take country forward with a new hope

President Sirisena told the ministers after their swearing in that the aim of the cabinet reshuffle was to take the country forward with a new hope.

He asked the ministers to act affably, with commitment and collectively for the upliftment of the country.