UNP assistant leader Ravi Karunanayake had boycotted today's (06) party rally as the PM is yet to fulfil a promise made to him, political sources say.
The UNP May Day rally was held at the Colombo Sugathadasa stadium.
Sources say that the PM had pledged in writing to ensure that a ministerial portfolio will be given to Mr. Karunanayake, who played a prominent role when the No-Confidence Motion was moved against the PM.
Noting that Mr. Karunanayake is deeply distressed after not being tipped for a ministerial post at the last week's recent cabinet reshuffle, sources further say that he is to take several politically crucial decisions in the next few days.
However, responding to inquiries made on this regard by 'Sri Lanka Mirror', a senior minister said that the PM had pledged to give him a ministerial portfolio as soon as the Attorney General issues a commendation that the Mr. Karunanayake is free from all charges related to the infamous Bond Issue.
However, the PCoI report on the Bond Issue had not stated that Mr. Karunanayake is responsible for the incident.
The Marapana committee appointed by the UNP too, had maintained that Mr. Karunanayake was free from blame.
No objection from president
According to some reports, the president had objected to recommendations made by the PM to appoint Mr. Karunanayake as a minister.
When asked about the truth of these reports, a senior spokesperson of the presidential secretariat said that the PM is yet to make such a recommendation.
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