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Ministerial portfolio - Why have I been overlooked: Wijemanne

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UNP Kalutara District MP Lakshman Wijemanne said yesterday said he would take a serious political decision if he was not given a ministerial portfolio.

He said it was unfair for UNPers like himself not to be given a ministerial portfolio. “We have never left the party at times of trouble and defended both the party and the leadership and therefore it is unfair not to be given a ministry,” he told Daily Mirror.

“Ministerial portfolios have been given to some who are junior to me. I asked the party leadership why they were given ministries leaving me out. They said it was done based on their performance. I don’t understand what was meant by performance as those who were appointed as ministers have shouted in Parliament while I have managed to bring in more votes than they have done. I have been with the UNP from the time of President J. R. Jayewardene." he added.

The MP said he would take a political decision which will be felt by the whole world. “However, I am not going to reveal what I am going to do just yet,” he said.

Mr. Wijemanne was the second UNP MP to demand a ministerial portfolio while former Minister Palitha Range Bandara also expressed his displeasure at being overlooked. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Sriyan Wijesinghe Monday, 31 December 2018 12:19 AM

    One of the most honest remaining politicians in the UNP. No dought, he needs to be recognized and rewarded depending on his speciality's

    Srian Monday, 31 December 2018 10:03 AM

    What is his specialty?

    Aquarius Monday, 31 December 2018 12:21 AM

    You were elected to serve the people and if you are not happy, please leave. Don't win elections with one party and cross over when not rewarded with Ministership.

    FYI Monday, 31 December 2018 08:45 AM

    Never heard of him nor has he done anything to the country. Why need a portfolio to work for people?

    lkboy Monday, 31 December 2018 11:19 AM

    What has this guy done?

    apsara Monday, 31 December 2018 11:24 AM

    "".....which will be felt by the whole world"Did he mean what he said?

    Lawry Monday, 31 December 2018 01:55 PM

    Never heard if him before. Why should he have a Ministry


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