SF appointment-- I made my statement responsibly: Rajitha

1 May 2017 09:11 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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With reference to the controversy that has arisen over the proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena to assign Minister Sarath Fonseka to deal with emergency situations that may occur in the country, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna said he takes full responsibility for the statement made by him.

He said it was he who was responsible for reporting what transpired at Cabinet meetings to the media as the Cabinet spokesperson. He said he had made the latest remarks with the blessings of the President and Prime Minister.

He was responding to Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister John Seneviratne who said the Cabinet Spokesman had made several irresponsible utterances in this regard.

Dr. Senaratne clarified his position at a media briefing after participating in a business conference conducted by Premier International at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. He said, “No one in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) can lie about this manner. I talked about what was discussed by Cabinet. There were Cabinet Ministers present. If they have something to say they must have the backbone to do so. These things should have been discussed at the cabinet meeting. There is a clause in the Right to Information Bill to inform everything that happens in the Cabinet to the media “I state everything that happens there as the Cabinet Spokesman”

“Because of that, the government will not fall into an abyss, nor will the SLFP whose members have their legs on both sides of the divide. There are also those who are trying to join hands with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he said.

  Comments - 4

  • yahiya Monday, 01 May 2017 09:19 AM

    Who elected the government suffering lot. Need to control the strike.

    TRUE MAN Monday, 01 May 2017 09:38 AM

    WHAT YOU SAID IS HUNDRED PERCENT TRUE HON MINISTER. THE RIGHT THINKING PEOPLE ARE MORE MATURED THAN MAARA PROXY WHO ARE IN THE CABINET IN DISGUISE TO SAFEGUARD HIS BOSS HIS FAMILY AND HIS GANG. THEY JOINED IN THE CABINET ONLY FOR THIS PURPOSE. via DM Android App

    Leo Monday, 01 May 2017 10:25 AM

    If this is a false claim the President should take deceplinary action against him. Or is the President too busy planning his next overseas trip. via DM Android App

    Jayasingha Monday, 01 May 2017 05:36 PM

    There are cabinet MPs who say that what the president said was a joke. Others have taken it seriously.It is obvious that there is confusion among cabinet members. It is up to the president to clarify this issue. If there are jokes made at cabinet meetings along with serious items it is better for the cabinet spokesmen to separate these two and brief the media accordingly and say what is a joke and what is not. Nobody should take the cabinet meetings as a joke.


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