Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has commenced a special operation to get his wife, Pushpa Rajapaksa appointed as the next Chief Minister of the Western Province, sources from the SLFP headquarters said.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has assigned his wife to coordinate all development programmes in the Gampaha District and has asked all government ministers, MPS and electoral organizers to carry out all development projects in the area under her supervision. Sources said that all governing party members in the Gampaha District have to now meet Basil’s wife to discuss development projects and ministers and MPS from the district are displeased with this latest development.
It is Western province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunge and Basil’s closest associate, Western Province Minister Nimal Lansa who are greatly disturbed by this operation. Prasanna Ranatunge is displeased that he has been limited to looking into the work in the Kelaniya electorate after Minister Mervyn Silva’s removal while Pushpa Rajapaksa has been assigned the development work in the Gampaha District.
Nimal Lansa who was also hopeful of polling the highest number of votes at the next provincial council election is also upset with the current situation.
SLFP Katana organizer, Dr. Sudharshani Fernandopulle has complained to Namal Rajapaksa that there was undue interferences in her electorate. “It is the President and not Minister Basil who decides on the Chief Minister,” Namal had said.(Lanka News Web) (343)