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Former State Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Rajiva Wijesinghe crossed over to the Opposition today criticizing the removal of members of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the procedure followed in appointing new members to it.

Dr Wijesinghe in special statement in Parliament said the cabinet ministers had hoodwinked him by telling him that he will be allowed to run the higher education sector but in the end removed the members of UGC. He said the minister informed him that the President had wanted UGC members removed. However, the state Minister said the President had denied this when he inquired from him.

Dr. Wijesinghe also said he was never given an opportunity to discuss these matters with the Prime Minister.

Coming up with more allegations the former state minister said he was asked to select members for the UGC from a list which was supposed to have been at the Prime Minister’s Office. "How did such a list go to the Prime Minister? This is not the way to run the government," he said.

Dr Wijesinghe said he is opposed to the Gazetted constitutional amendments as it was not the proposals which the cabinet agreed upon on Sunday and pointed out that replacing the executive presidency with an executive premier was dangerous.

Dr. Wijesinghe said he would support President Maithripala Sirisena though he crossed over. "I don't want to sit with the ministers," he said while crossing the floor.

  Comments - 40

  • OMG Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:56 PM

    Whoever came to Maithri camp to make money and gain power will leave one by one.

    de silva Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:02 PM

    We don,t care where you sit.You can even sit at home read a book.

    Ebathog Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:13 PM

    What an idiot. How did he become a professor.

    ranjith12323 Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:33 AM

    Politics is not for you. Go back to a university and start lecturing.

    people of Sri Lanka Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:47 AM

    i am so sorry that this guy , did ever come to politics as he is a nobody and nobody ever heard of this guy before the elections,do you think that he can come again through our vote ????

    rienzie Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:47 PM

    Why jump from pillar to pillar ?Why not resign and join the party concerned, you will be honoured more.Citizen fool.

    Nims Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:00 PM

    Disgraceful men. Truly he is a man without b

    chux Tuesday, 17 March 2015 06:06 PM

    He wants protect earlier corrupt university adminstration

    Lima Tuesday, 17 March 2015 06:14 PM

    THIS IDIOT WHO CALLS INTELLECT , THIS BUGGRE ALSO TO LOOK FOR HIS POCKET , SHAME ON YOU RAJIV , WITHOUT ANY POLICY CHANGING COLOURS SINCE DAY ONE , BETTER RESIGN AND GO HOME , WE DO NOT WANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO RUN THIS COUNTRY , IT SEEMS YOU SHOW COLOURS AND YOU THINK THAT YOU ONLY HAVE KNOWLEDTE

    Machan Tuesday, 17 March 2015 06:48 PM

    Crossing over is his part-time job..!

    ShootingStar Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:07 PM

    No a surprise. Many in the UNP quit the party due to the dictatorial manner Ranil acts. Many more will follow before the 100 days are up.

    Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:01 PM

    Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, well you are highly educated but it seems you have taken a wrong decision to sit with culprits. Are you too a culprit?

    Eds Wednesday, 18 March 2015 05:35 AM

    The beginning of the end of this comedy show. It was very entertaining !

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:02 PM

    An educated person to go and sit with looters, culprits and rouges its madness.

    TONY Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:02 PM

    HE MAY BE AN ACADEMIC, BUT DO NOT LOOK SUITABLE TO BE IN POLITICS JUST LIKE GL

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:03 PM

    Did you get a Mega package from MR Sir?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:04 PM

    We have seen Professor Rajiva with Weerawansa couple of weeks before. May be he would have been poisoned him.

    J Palitha Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:06 PM

    This Professor had already had a meeting with MR and he got a big sum at Carlton. No problem.... let him go out.

    Cyril n Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:32 PM

    No one cares where he sits even outside the parliament.

    Asanka Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:51 AM

    Rajiva you should have read the "Art of Possible" if not now you have ample time to do so.

    dulan Wednesday, 18 March 2015 07:05 AM

    Sit at Home

    gayan Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:38 PM

    Soon only Sirisena

    Rasa Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:43 PM

    You look very unhappy, preoccupied and a bit depressed. Getting back to teaching will be good stress free for job and is good for you.

    Citizen Perera Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:46 PM

    This man is a disgrace to lead the Liberal party.

    JeffK Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:42 PM

    About time we stop this comedy called yahapalanaya and go for a parliamentary election.

    saman Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:47 PM

    yahapaalana wheels falling off!

    C.Ramachandra Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:47 PM

    No loss to the Govt. He was waiting to talk to CBK about a cabinet portfolio. She must have roasted him for making such demands as the Liberal Party is a three wheeler party with no vote base.

    Govirala Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:52 PM

    Thank you very much..!

    Giabao Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:56 PM

    is this due to a "linda langa sangamaya" fight LOL

    Ganesha Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:00 PM

    This honest Professor should have been given the ministry of higher education instead of the less educated UNP man . All the people irrespective of race and religion voted to change the president for good governance . Not for either RW or the UNP to creep into dominate and dictate everybody .RW is more senile than then he was. Voters should not give any chance for his antics.

    Parakum Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:02 PM

    Yahapalanam

    Asoka Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:03 PM

    Clean man of politics, Rajiva Wijesinha. He will supper lot why he went against Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Giabao Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:04 PM

    has he finished reading the book ranil aske him to read ?

    T Wickramaratna Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:08 PM

    Good decision. Why did you wait so long?

    samarasekera Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:11 PM

    NOTHING LOST I THINK ITS A PERSONAL EGO

    poddal Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:15 PM

    Dear professor try to swell up only to the size of your finger!

    dilip Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:18 PM

    We should salute people like this. There have got balls.

    Park Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:19 PM

    Monkey jumps from branch to branch.

    ed Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:25 PM

    YOU ARE A BLADY TRAITOR ! TYPICAL SRI LANKAN POLITICOS. VASI PATTHATA OHIYA 1

    moodayoo Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:39 PM

    Final count down of 100 days puppet show.


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