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Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the he did not have any intention of resigning from the Ministerial post just because some people made allegations against him on various issues.

Speaking to journalists after meeting the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera and Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter the Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera, he said that he had responded to all the allegations levelled against him

Explaining what happened at the UNP Working Committee meeting last week where he was said o have been criticised by many Ministers, Mr. Rajapakshe told the Asgiriya Prelate that many people behaved and shouted for about two hours compelling him to wonder whether this was the political party founded by the late Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake.

"All what I have to say is that I cannot agree with the selling of national assets whether it is done under the name of selling or leasing. Ninety nine year lease period means four generations," the Minister exclaimed.

He added when the Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western Regional Transport Boards were privatised in 2003 for Rs. 860 million he retrieved them for the State through a legal action in the Supreme Court arguing with many Presidential Counsels.

"Presidential Counsels appeared for money but I fought for the country. It was a great victory for me," he said.

He observed that he had come under mud-slinging and vindictive attacks these days but he patiently watched the situation.

The journalists were not allowed to cover minster's meeting with Malwatte Prelate.

Speaking to the media after his audience with the two Mahanayake Theras, Mr. Rajapakshe stated that he never told that he would resign and neither would he do so.

“It was up to the President to take a decision,” he said.

When asked about the remarks made by the members of the Joint Opposition supporting him he said that they might be speaking according to their conscience.

Responding to a question as to whether he would join the Joint Opposition the Minister stated that he was still a UNP Minister.

Recalling the recent opposition by the SLFP MPs against the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution just 48 hours after the Cabinet agreed upon it, he said these were the occasions of breach of collective responsibility of the Cabinet.

"But some people accuse that I have breached the collective responsibility of the Cabinet, when I said that national assets should not be sold to foreigners," he charged. (L.B.Senarathna and J.A.L.Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 17

  • johan Monday, 21 August 2017 08:41 AM

    Hope President and PM will find a suitable person to run the justice ministry.In Sri Lankan history last one decade we never had an intelligent Minister for this important post.All were time passers

    Lumbini Monday, 21 August 2017 09:22 AM

    Be a honourable and respected person. Don't be another 'Rajapaksa'. Just resign.

    Yeti Monday, 21 August 2017 09:35 AM

    Where will he go even if he wan't to, the arms of Gammanpila and the like?

    Duminda Monday, 21 August 2017 10:06 AM

    Justice Minister enough is enough. Hope you vacate the post immediately

    ceylon Monday, 21 August 2017 10:18 AM

    very few go.ravi is example.this person is showing how dirty man he is. via DM Android App

    TRUE MAN. Monday, 21 August 2017 11:25 AM


    fake man Monday, 21 August 2017 04:41 PM

    politicians will never resign unless they are pinned against a wall

    malij Monday, 21 August 2017 11:34 AM

    You can fool people sometimes. But you cannot fool all the people all the time. UNP is a conservative party and they are doing exactly what they stand for. People of this country have voted for them and leasing Hambantota harbour is in accordance to their policies and ideology. Why did he join UNP at the first place if he is against such policies?. Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa PC must have been brain dead when he joined UNP. Also if he does not agree with what the party is doing, he should resign from his portfolio and from the party instead of trying to have the cake and eat it.

    TRUE MAN. Monday, 21 August 2017 11:35 AM


    upali Monday, 21 August 2017 02:17 PM

    Dear Minister, you are a hero. Your decision is correct. Please remain an continue with Bond case.

    Samitha Monday, 21 August 2017 02:29 PM

    Please Go.

    Senewi Monday, 21 August 2017 04:28 PM

    He is the only man with a back bone in the government.

    Upul Monday, 21 August 2017 06:52 PM

    You forgot to include FLEXIBLE before the backbone.

    Charlesnj Monday, 21 August 2017 04:58 PM

    Does not understand conflict of interest, collective cabinet responsibility ...nor self respect, so there will be "no go" !!

    Upul Monday, 21 August 2017 05:41 PM

    Get the hell out of your ministerial position you crook. We have seen the things and remarks made by you during last two years. Its a shame to hang on to your position when all the members of the working committee of UNP wants you out.

    modaya Monday, 21 August 2017 05:49 PM

    Why is he asking from the President in fact when your leader is the PM, sack this greedy hypocrite...

    Gamini Monday, 21 August 2017 06:03 PM

    Ranil you must sack this bugger otherwise party members and public will sack you.

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