Expressing his views with regard to reports that the President is of a firm stand that Ravi Karunanayake should not be given a ministerial position, this senior official said so far the Prime Minister has not discussed anything with the President with regard to Ravi Karunanayake being given a ministerial post. Therefore, he said there was no legitimate grounds for these media reports that claim that the President is vehemently against granting Karunanayake a ministerial post. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is said to be in a dire dilemma as UNPers Ravi Karunanayake, Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, Ajith P. Perera, Harsha de Silva, Eran Wickramaratne. Palitha Range Bandara, Wasantha Senanayake and Aluwihare are all anticipating ministerial posts.
Malik-Kabir opposed to Ravi being given ministership!
According to internal UNP sources, the party Chairman Malik Samarawickrama and General Secretary Kabir Hashim are said to be exerting pressure on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, to refrain from granting a ministerial position to Ravi Karunanayake. These sources also mentioned that prior to the No Confidence Motion, the Prime Minister had given Ravi Karunanayake a written assurance that he would be given a ministerial position. It is also said that having voted against the NCM in favour of the Prime Minister, Wijayadasa Rajapaksa is anticipating the post of Justice Minister and Malik Samarawickrama is also said to have promised him to give Rajapaksha this ministerial post.
President Maithripala Sirisena who is currently overseas having gone to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Is expected to return to the country on April 23 and the Cabinet meeting has been scheduled for the 24th.