No Cabinet portfolio for Maithri

12 August 2020 11:33 am - 34     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former President and SLFP Leader Maithripala Sirisena did not receive any Cabinet portfolio at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet held in Kandy today.

He was elected to Parliament from the Polonnaruwa District under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) garnering 111,137 votes, which is the highest number of votes from the district.

Meanwhile, two cabinet ministerial portfolios and three State Ministry portfolios were given to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who contested under the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance at the General Elections held last week.

A total of 13 candidates from the SLFP, who contested under the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance and one candidate who contested under SLFP at the General Elections have been elected to the country 9th Parliament.

Accordingly, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Amaraweera have been appointed as Cabinet Ministers while Dayasiri Jayasekera, Duminda Dissanayake and Lasantha Alagiyawanna were appointed as State Ministers.

Cadar Mastan and Angajan Ramanathan have been appointed as District Coordinating Committee Chairpersons.

However, Shantha Bandara, Shan Wijayalal, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Saradi Dushmantha, Jagath Pushpakumara and Chamara Sampath have not been given portfolios in the new government.

Meanwhile, W. D. J Seneviratne, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Dilan Perera and Chandima Weerakkody, who were senior politicians contested under SLPP, did not receive any portfolios.

However, senior politicians including Keheliya Rambukwella, Gamini Lokuge, Nimal Siripala, Dullas Alahapperuma, Mahinda Amaraweera, Bandula Gunawardane, who contested under the SLPP, received respective portfolios. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasurirya and Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 34

  • Labby Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:40 AM

    I think they should have appointed him as Minister of Unconstitutional Affairs. What was he expecting, anyway?

    ANTON Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:45 AM


    Bushel Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:13 PM

    And rejoining affairs

    Sokrates Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:58 AM

    How about a Ministry of Insane Asylums?

    Mevan Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:04 PM

    He will be next speaker, i guess

    Lal Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:05 PM


    lalu Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:08 PM

    Repeat of 2005. Anura Bandaranayake did not get any then and MS doesn't deserve either.

    Citizen Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:12 PM

    Should have been Minister of destroying, non development and reading papers

    Eagle Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:39 PM

    MS should be the Minister of Useless Politicos. He proved it himself beyond every doubt

    Vini Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:45 PM

    Ministry of Hoppers?

    Ajja Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:48 PM

    Minister of I dont Know...

    Indunil Jayawardena Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:00 PM

    How about minister of conspiracy

    Vimal Carlos Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:05 PM

    He could be the Minister of Happy ending massage

    Senthil Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:10 PM

    Good move by the president

    vithura Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:42 PM

    They may have realised that he cannot handle anything above a GS role!

    Warner Ponniah Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:42 PM

    He will be the speaker of the House.

    anoosh Wednesday, 12 August 2020 01:43 PM

    Sure, he will be given the post of SPEAKER.

    Trio Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:00 PM

    Both the MS Mithripala Sirisena

    ravin Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:00 PM

    Ha haaa do not worry much. MS will be minister of no policy (or principles) and minister of cutting grass under anyone feet.

    Asanka Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:05 PM

    This person is not even ashamed to expect a cabinet portfolio after all the damage he has done to the country during his term. Says a lot about how his brain works and way of thinking.

    Ikkie Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:29 AM

    Still, the country and the wise people of Plonnaaruwa want to elect these type of people to the parliament. No further comment.

    Simon Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:06 PM

    He is well above qualified for the ministry of ignorance and passing the ball.

    Roma Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:58 PM

    Minister of Arts (singing, drama, poetry)...good for him he can do his stuff

    amalanath marasinghe Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:00 PM

    How about minister of Cashew Nuts He was instrumental in Sri Lankan Airlines changing their cashew nut supplier. "

    janaka Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:09 PM

    He will be appointed as Terriost organizer and Runner Way minister . Hopper and String Hopper minister

    Nimal Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:10 PM

    Ayyoo, my dreams, I was expecting him to be the deputy PM.

    Nimal Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:11 PM

    I thought there will be a ministry for Grama Sevakas and he will be the minister

    Nimal Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:12 PM

    Oooh my.... A president occupying a seat of an MP in the Parliament?

    aruna Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:21 PM

    He devastated the SLFP, UNP and the country as a whole. Untrustworthy man. very good decision by the president. Good lesson for Deal Dasa also.

    Blackwater Wednesday, 12 August 2020 03:34 PM

    Also ran could not locate the finishing line

    rew Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:24 PM

    He has to answer for the utter negligence leading up to the Easter bombing

    raj Wednesday, 12 August 2020 05:32 PM

    is that because of trusting issue? SLPP people might think he might rebellion again like he did in 2015. Trust is #1 for any decision making

    Odin Thursday, 13 August 2020 06:33 AM

    Aiyo Sirisena!!!

    Warren Raed Thursday, 13 August 2020 08:58 AM

    He should have been the Minister in Charge of Social Media.

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