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Will take tough decision if Cabinet post not given: Range Bandara

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Puttalam District Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara warned that he would be forced to take a tough decision if he was not given a Cabinet portfolio by next month. He pointed out that he was the catalyst behind the rise of the United National Party following the recent Constitutional impasse.

He made these comments yesterday at a ceremony organised to hand over equipment to the people in Siyambalawewa in line with the Gamperaliya programme.

The MP added that wherever he went people would say, “Range Bandara is a genuine person who lives by his word and does not waver. They also say I am the catalyst for the attempt to rejuvenate the UNP. A month has passed since the Cabinet was formed, however, to date Range Bandara has not been given a Cabinet post.”

He said it all began when he went to Japan for an official visit. While he was there the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Mahinda Amaraweera made a statement claiming the members of the SLFP in the unity government had decided to pull out. Two hours later, a new Prime Minister was appointed.

At the same time, a leading figure in the country called and offered me a Cabinet post along with Rs.500 million. Thereafter, I received another call from a leading figure in the SLFP asking me to join them and promising that all I ask for will be given to me if I do. However, I did not join them. I did not leave the party. That is how I acted. I later learnt that many of our members were called. However, as a man with a backbone, I refused and even revealed everything that took place to the party and the public. I am received with hugs and kisses by my adoring public but now they are beginning to inquire what I have been given by the party for being straightforward and loyal. They also ask why I did not accept the money and the minister-ship that I was offered to join the new government that was formed by the previous regime. I have to take a serious decision on behalf of the Puttalam people. If this problem is not resolved in the early part of next year, I will have to take a tough decision in this regard.

I am determined to sit in the Cabinet in order to solve the people’s problems such as education, health and others. The people have come forward to stage a fast or protest on my behalf. I have calmed them down and asked them to be patient for a little while longer. The people know about Range Bandara and the service done by me on their behalf,” he said. (Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe)

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  • sarath Friday, 28 December 2018 06:20 AM


    Germ Friday, 28 December 2018 04:16 PM

    Range is right, if he is not given a position to serve his people better then he should demand, that one who’s stopping him is going it to take revenge on him for exposing that man’s crookedness

    Jude Friday, 28 December 2018 06:32 AM

    Hey Range DON'T take the Party for ransom!!?? With your juvenile level threats!! They came to you because they knew you were in shaky grounds!! Moreover, if you claim that you're capable man, then you DON'T need a ministerial portfolio to serve your beloved people of puttalam !!!

    Jude Friday, 28 December 2018 06:35 AM

    Hey Range, will challenge you to win your seat in Parliament in next General elections from Otherthan UNP !!?? Huh !!??

    Jude Friday, 28 December 2018 06:39 AM

    Range, Range, Range!! Remember, Even UNP field a Monkey at next General elections from Puttalam, UNP going to win there!!!

    Jude Friday, 28 December 2018 06:48 AM

    Mind you Range, no ONE bigger than the Party!!! Stalwarts like Lalith A. And Gemini D. Left the Party, and they came back to the fold !!! Range, toe the line!!!Yeah !!

    Sam Friday, 28 December 2018 06:58 AM

    Why do you think you deserve a cabinet ministry because you refused to cross over. This shows you all do politics for your own gain instead of the public. Not crossing over is good practice and ethics, there is no need to revode for not doing the wrong things.

    Ghost. Friday, 28 December 2018 07:04 AM

    Regret: He could have taken that massive bribe and deserted the UNP when he had the chance. He didn't.Revenge: For exposing the offers of bribes and their quantum!

    ANTON Friday, 28 December 2018 07:14 AM


    Dperera Friday, 28 December 2018 07:15 AM

    Why cant you serve the people without being a minister?

    BUSHEL Friday, 28 December 2018 03:18 PM


    nsathees Friday, 28 December 2018 07:23 AM

    so you are elected to hold cabinet post. If that's the case we should create 225 cabinet post! Is that OK with you? In my humble opinion the masses do not want any of you guys! max 9 cabinet ministers including Prez and PM.

    Kugan Friday, 28 December 2018 01:03 PM

    Mind you don't include minorities MP s here most of them are tremendously working hard ,even Mrs Vijayakala lost her portfolio but don't forget her husband was gun down by LTTE but in reality the media reports don't match in north and east but Colombo drama is coming to light

    Jaliya Friday, 28 December 2018 07:32 AM

    Let us see your credentials first (and) exclude the experience you had as a policeman who was transferred because you supported the drug loads, that part is already published in the minds of voters.

    Orpheus Friday, 28 December 2018 07:34 AM

    Everybody wants a place. They are so eager to serve the country. If they don't get a chance do something against it. Now the party leaders faces a big problem. If you create ministerial positions and appoint someone. They have to pay big money and lots of other expenses and then lose more public money on commissions taken by these ministers. If you don't do it, they threat to bring down the government. You don't need to be a minister to serve the people!

    DHA Friday, 28 December 2018 07:42 AM

    Haaaaa now the fight for democracy has turned into fight for chair after coming to power !!!!

    Bert Friday, 28 December 2018 07:45 AM

    This man is a hero for the UNP who exposed the corruption of the President. He does not have to request but he deserves a place in the cabinet. I will take off my hat for this guy. His prior action proved he is patriot. Mr Prime Minister I kindly request from you, please help this gentleman who is an asset for the party. I feel Its my duty and obligation to help another like minded conservative and will meet with him when I visit Srilanka next time. So have patience my friend always good things will follow you. Take care.

    Mandy Friday, 28 December 2018 12:47 PM

    Doing the right thing is fully appreciated but demanding payment for that is wrong thing. Then EVERY UNPer who did not crossover should be made a Minister.

    DJ Friday, 28 December 2018 07:46 AM

    You don't need cabinet portfolios to serve the people. However I do not agree that people like Malik S whow did nothing get a post.

    Ghost Friday, 28 December 2018 11:33 AM

    Malik and Co. are really moles come to sabotage and Prez will gladly give them the posts!

    Raj k Friday, 28 December 2018 08:03 AM

    ha ha ha good joke!

    Sumedha Friday, 28 December 2018 09:10 AM

    Meee Rangada?

    Chris Friday, 28 December 2018 11:38 AM

    Mr Range bandaIf you are really interested in doing something for the people you dont need a ministerial post.You will be respected for doing a service to the people without a ministerial post.

    Mann Friday, 28 December 2018 11:42 AM

    ..have a sip or two from your son's "water" bottle and be calm

    RATA KOTA UDA Friday, 28 December 2018 11:55 AM

    Range what a sad state our country is in. Look at eminent men like Eran and Harsha and how they behave. I do not agree with Ranil as he has taken a well known rogue RK . He must drop many old fossils and strengthen the party with young blood. Range you must get a portfolio but SIRA will not give He gave RK to kill RanilALL THREE MUST STEP DOWN/ RANIL IS GREAT HE MADE HIS MARK AND NOW MUST MOVE OUT

    Waco Friday, 28 December 2018 11:59 AM

    We have an executive president . He is not going to dance according to th whims and fancies of every one. He is a man with a "Back-Born".

    MGXF Friday, 28 December 2018 11:59 AM

    This guy is acting as a spoilt brat. It is highly commendable what he may have done for the UNP. However that does not warrant giving him a cabinet position. Does he not realise that there are already too many cabinet posts. Also cabinet positions should be granted based on need and ability? From this gentleman’s outbursts, it is apparent that he does not have the stature and the ability to be given a cabinet position.

    Gayan Friday, 28 December 2018 12:03 PM

    Drink some water out of a Vodka bottle and you will forget everything for a while.

    Darme Friday, 28 December 2018 12:23 PM

    Somebody must trim your TAIL.Wandura will never change his family habits..!

    Darme Friday, 28 December 2018 12:25 PM


    Jude Friday, 28 December 2018 12:27 PM

    Hey Range, if you're trying to be a big shot!! Obtain SLPP membership!!!?? Now I've to inform you!!! SLPP have very rigorous qualifying process!! Person MUST be formerly President or PM and that's criteria no 1. Then if YOU'VE Pocketed more than 1 billion rupees, your membership assured!! Yeah, just ask Basil !! Now Range!! If YOU'd taken the 500 mill. You've got that elusive membership to that Party!!??

    Bo Adolfsson Friday, 28 December 2018 12:48 PM

    As a tourist I was in Puttalam.I asked a tuc-tuc driver to show me the attractions in Puttalam.He answered: "There is nothing to see in Puttalam!"

    sarath Friday, 28 December 2018 03:17 PM

    tuk tuk driver could have shown you the MP of the area

    Sofia Friday, 28 December 2018 08:10 PM

    Hope Mr Adoldsson realises that every country has some towns whixh have no attractions but simple towns with good people. To see attractions visit Colombo or the Cultural Triangle or the coast to swim.

    Andare Friday, 28 December 2018 01:07 PM

    Range Bandara would have been given an appointment by Ranil if RB was at least in the "FOOTNOTE". Kaliya of the Bond Scam.

    MODA BURUWA Friday, 28 December 2018 01:33 PM

    When compared to Malik S , Sagala R , V John of Wattala certainly Range deserves a cabinet position but due to the weak leadership in the UNP cannot expect anything ! .

    Mandy Friday, 28 December 2018 08:12 PM

    It is not Ranil but MS blocking it because Range exposed SB and MS/MR plotters.

    Munsir Friday, 28 December 2018 02:49 PM

    I think most of you have not listened to his video of samanala history of our bossa.I think this is the reason he did not get any post like SF.

    garawi Friday, 28 December 2018 02:56 PM

    So it was just money again that kept him from going to the other side ! He was eying a ministership in this government! Just see the mentality of these current politicians! It's Not the love to the country or democracy! Each one thinks that they should be given a ministership! How stupid! It happened under MR when almost everyone was a minister of this or that most of the time having no work or duplicating work! Even a good looking actress gets a ministership!

    Sunil Friday, 28 December 2018 03:05 PM

    We ordinary right-thinking idiots can never figure out how this type of logic works. We assumed that being honest and not taking bribes is essential to be our representatives in parliament. We were taught by parents and teachers that taking bribes is a crime and committing crimes will give us a "steel cabinet position at Welikada" with hard labour ;definitely not one in parliament with a latest Mercedes and all expenses paid 5 year holiday at public expense. Much as Mr Bandara may deserve recognition and respect for his honesty for not taking a bribe and a Ministers job for a few weeks, we just cannot understand his logic that every honest man in the party deserves a cabinet post. That means another amendment to our constitution and 2/3 majority to pass it with MR's support.He'd never support it as he would not be able to get a single cabinet minister appointed with that qualification.Bear it up Sir your time will come. Changing parties for bribes will ruin your good name forever

    Hubert Friday, 28 December 2018 03:13 PM

    You have done a good job by exposing SB keep it up without spoiling the good work by taking drastic action the record number of comments do not approve your outrage

    Muhan Friday, 28 December 2018 03:28 PM

    Malik, marapana, John amaratunge Sagala Ravi k. Enough

    Sofia Friday, 28 December 2018 08:15 PM

    Yes this was MS plan to discredit UNP by refusing to give the ministership to SFonnnie and Range.

    parakum Friday, 28 December 2018 03:33 PM

    Empty vessels make the loudest NOISE. I challenge you to Go and find a Ministerial position elsewhere.

    tommy Friday, 28 December 2018 04:11 PM

    This is a man who can perform the miracle of turning Vodka in to water. I think he deserves to be the minister of Liquor and Spirits.

    Renu Friday, 28 December 2018 04:22 PM

    Malik , Sagala, Marapone have done nothing . They need not get Ministries. Range You can't demand anything just because you exposed SB

    Nimal Friday, 28 December 2018 04:45 PM

    Wait until you here the next telephone call: Range' me paththea enawaadha? You must record it too.

    Sambo Friday, 28 December 2018 06:26 PM

    We have seen the true colors of all our so called politicians. They only want their post to gather their income. They don't care a hoot for the public. They only provide lip service for the public.

    Bala Friday, 28 December 2018 08:17 PM

    Glad Sambo that you realised it even at this late stage.

    Russian Friday, 28 December 2018 08:09 PM

    How about Ministry of Magic ( Changing Vodka in to Water ) ..Sure by your Magic you can serve the People more.

    SB Friday, 28 December 2018 09:27 PM

    රංගෙ උයා එනවද....?

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