A political move is underway to strip Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga of his post after his participation at the political rally conducted by a few parties to press former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to come back as the Prime Ministerial candidate at the next Parliamentary elections, the Daily Mirror learns.
It is learnt that attempts are being made to promote present Health Minister of the Provincial Council Ranjith Somawansa as the next Chief Minister.
According to political sources, a powerful minister of this government is behind this move.
However, a sizeable number of ruling party members have pledged their support to Mr. Ranatunga. Yet, plans are worked out to form a new administration at least with the support of the Opposition and a section of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Asked about it, Mr. Ranatunga said though he was unaware of such attempts, he was ready for any eventuality.
“I am ready for anything. But, I will remain with people,” he said.
He attended the rally in Nugegoda though his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had decided not to be part of it. A few other SLFP stalwarts also attended it.
Former Ministers Kumara Welgama and C.B. Ratnayake are among them.
After the January 8 Presidential Election, the new Chief Ministers were appointed at the North Central and Uva Provincial Councils.
Besides, the Governors of all the nine Provincial Councils were replaced.(Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 14
Jay2 Monday, 23 February 2015 09:52 AM
lkboy Monday, 23 February 2015 04:34 PM
He had a good reputation? lol.
Desmond Jeromme Monday, 23 February 2015 10:06 AM
Why the hell you came for the Nugegoda Rally and spoilt your good reputation.
J Palitha Monday, 23 February 2015 10:10 AM
Shame of you joining with Weerawansa
Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 23 February 2015 10:11 AM
Get out before people put you out. Go with Gamampilla he might give you Rs. 100/- out of his hat collection.
Wesley Moses Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:49 AM
Mr. CM Prasanna, you have brought disrepute to your late Father Rage Ranatunga , SLFP strong man and to our World Cup hero Mr Arjuna.....
Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:59 AM
The trouble is he is not with the People!
Kiri Gamarala Monday, 23 February 2015 01:46 PM
We thought problems with one family was over. Now another family is giving trouble.
puran Monday, 23 February 2015 01:56 PM
if you will remain with people,people with protect you
de silva Monday, 23 February 2015 10:56 AM
We thought that you are a loyal SLFP man and not a follower of Weerawansa,or you want to lead his party very soon.
M A S T Perera Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:22 PM
Prasanna Ranatunga failed to learn the basic of dirty political game!
kumaran Monday, 23 February 2015 11:16 AM
Lol.. Looks like you are day dreaming..
percy Monday, 23 February 2015 11:25 AM
hit wicjket recorded @ WC
das Monday, 23 February 2015 03:11 PM
Better than the gawapalanaya dictatorship before.
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