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A peon is better off than my post as State Minister: Sujeewa

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State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe said he could not perform even a duty assigned to a peon with his portfolio as State Minister.

“I don't have powers. According to the gazette my duty is 'settlement of disputes'. That has not prevented me from doing my duty despite the problems. I continue with my welfare work. I will quit politics when I am unable to do so. I will not change my party either.”

Addressing an event in Kolonnawa, State Minister Senasinghe also said, “I work with restraint. I know how J.R. worked with patience. Some people ask me whether I have plans to join the opposition. I will remain in the party and not join the opposition. I will rather leave the party and go home without changing the party when I feel that I am unable to do my duties. Even if I am given a powerful post, I will refuse to accept it. We should stick to our principles. If we are neglected, we have nothing to do. Those below our ranks, had gone to the top. They are the favourites. They get top posts. I was deprived of getting a top post above my lawyer’s position. I could have become a President’s Counsel. This government should take advantage from us . There are other MPs who think like me.“ (Shantha Seneviratna)


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  • ceylon Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:11 AM

    finaly real unp voicess coming out now after 2 years of ranils stupid selection of cabinet.bright unp brains keeping away and slfp theives doing cabinet jobs. via DM Android App

    arjuna Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:52 AM

    Sujeewa played a pivotal role in changing the last government and was so outspoken. Very sad he has no place today

    Sincere Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:12 PM

    Don't worry. After the One Belt and One Road are established, you will have better powers than a peon!!

    AjithZ Tuesday, 16 May 2017 01:04 PM

    We know that you are young energetic and capable than most of the present set of ministers. There got to go a reason why they are preferred over you. You have to fight your own battle with some help from your close colleagues with influence. Good luck.

    Lokka Tuesday, 16 May 2017 01:13 PM

    Yes, "State Ministership" is another musical chair at tax payers expense.

    sobers Tuesday, 16 May 2017 01:16 PM

    This shows the spirit of your old school. Good decision.

    Mason Tuesday, 16 May 2017 01:20 PM

    Does it mean that the fleet of vehicles, body guards, subsidised Parliament Hostel food etc etc has no bearing.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 16 May 2017 03:51 PM

    This portfolio is nonsense and a waste of money. This activity is part of the work of the Minister for Economic Affairs.

    SL Putha Tuesday, 16 May 2017 03:55 PM

    Your statement clearly state that state ministers are just waste of tax payers money, why you still stick to that!!!! This is a robbery too

    Selvyn Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:14 PM

    The party must consider his grievances because he is one of those who worked heart and soul during the desperate time via DM Android App


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