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Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S.M.Chandrasena tendered his resignation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon after he was assured that his brother S.M.Ranjith would be appointed as Chief Minister of the North-Central Province
 
Minister Chandrasena told Daily Mirror that he sacrificed his ministerial portfolio on behalf of his brother after the Executive Committee of the UPFA told him that two persons in the same family could not hold two ministerial posts simultaneously.

 “I tendered my resignation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and he accepted it with the assurance that my brother would be appointed Chief Minister of the Notrth Central Province,” Mr Chandrasena said.

Mr. Bertie Premalal Dissanayake who held the post of chief ministerfor three consecutive terms since 1999 will relinquish his post.

Mr. Chandrasena told Daily Mirror he was sacrificing his ministerial portfolio on behalf of his brother after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) executive committee informed him that two members of the same family could not hold two ministerial posts simultaneously.

He said that his brother and he would not be able to do politics in the North-Central Province if his brother who secured the highest number of preferential votes on the UPFA list was not appointed chief minister.

“We waged war in Anuradhapura during the PC election campaign against our own party men and, therefore, it was a huge achievement to obtain the highest number of votes and the post of chief minister,” he said. Mr. S.M. Ranjith topped the preferential votes list in the Anuradhapura District on the UPFA ticket. He received 105,232 votes. The UPFA has not yet decided what position will be given to Mr. Bertie Premalal Dissanayake.( SAJ)

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  • Minister Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:34 AM

    It is a game buddy, its a game. You should know how to play it.

    Reader Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:30 AM

    I like the way you did! But do not accept a deputy minister post!

    Bandula Wednesday, 19 September 2012 06:07 PM

    This is an naother conpiracy within the UPFA goverment to sideline Berty

    Rinoz Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:37 AM

    Which mean can be president, ED Minister and Speaker ????

    Shankar Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:44 AM

    Is this rule not applicable to Rajapakshe family?

    CHANDANA RAJAPAKSE Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:58 AM

    MEWA THAMAI HONDA HONDA BAILA. CHANDRETA BEEEE. APATA PULUWAAAANNNNNN.

    Athula Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:10 PM

    Great sacrifice on behalf of a brother.Don't know whether wife agrees to the decision.
    Athula

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:14 PM

    Will he also be appointed as an Advisor to the President?

    lima Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:15 PM

    SO WHAT THEN MAHINDA AND BASIL , HOW MANY MINISTRIES AMONG THEM, WHERE THE RULE NOW FOR UPFA. CAN ANYBODY TALK ON THIS , NO ??

    Brotherhood Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:15 PM

    What about President's family? They should set example to the country.

    Dot Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:42 PM

    which is the more lucarative job for the family ???

    praba Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:45 AM

    Yapa's were cousines.

    harsha gunaratne Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:19 PM

    same family could not hold two ministerial posts simultaneously? UNTRUE.

    Bandara Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:05 PM

    Well, that decision was made before one position per family policy was introduced!

    Mapa Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:23 PM

    Weldone mr.Chandrasena.
    Good exaple if anyone want to follow.But I doubted.

    garawi Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:03 PM

    Yep, Now let the brother make the money, now that you are well off!

    Lal Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:57 AM

    I feel sorry about MP Namal Rajapaksha. According to this principle he can never be a minister. What a pity.

    viranga Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:18 PM

    Why wont it applies to the first family?

    Father Chamal Rajapaksa is the Speaker and his son Shashendra is the Chief Minister Uva Province.

    Why is this double standard

    shirant Dissanayake Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:37 PM

    how about the Shahindra Rajapaksa and Chamal Rajapakse?

    Gonibilla Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:05 AM

    These are all tactics of the govt. Chandrasena will prevail eventually having received a deputy ministerial post or an ambassadorial spot somewhere in the globe. Saw what happened in the East?

    Fazli Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:31 AM

    We have a lot of if & buts to answer. All in all
    you selflessly sacrificed your wicket for the other batsman. Hope citizen silva wil be the ultimate beneficiary.

    saman wickramasinghe Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:22 AM

    He wants to take leadership in North Central Province and destroy Berty Premalal

    Vish W Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:54 PM

    No Thug Bery Anymore!!!Bravo!

    Victor Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:51 PM

    Measure the blood pressure of Berty now.. 120/200?

    anonymous Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:04 PM

    anyone is fortunate to have a brother like you.hope he will not tarnish your image.

    Ha Ha Ha Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:55 AM

    President , Speaker , Minister ,MP combination ?????

    Fair N Square Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:43 PM

    both have S.M in their names... so SM is their surname though its in front of the given names... common sense...

    Fair N Square Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:44 PM

    still not too late for one to resign ----- show by example...

    michael Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:58 PM

    What about the Yappas

    Mahadanamuttas Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:12 PM

    Can become a presidential advisor

    Mason Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:03 PM

    Why has the UPFA applied a different rule for the Rajapakse family.

    Desa Paluwa Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:52 PM

    How about the ruling family. Do they have extra ordinary VIP brains to appoint several family members as ministers.

    Brindley Fernando Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:34 AM

    In Sri Lanka rules and regulations can change depending on the person, place, party, and circumstances. Even a murderer can get freedom if you are popular with the Government. What a country!!!

    Boycy Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:36 PM

    How can 2 people with different surnames be brothers ?

    Or are they 'step' ?

    Siri Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:29 AM

    Don't worry,iventualy you will get your ministry,thats the way SL Government.

    bis Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:56 PM

    Checked to Berty!

    john Wednesday, 19 September 2012 03:18 PM

    What about the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Economic Development

    lanka Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:58 PM

    mmh.. wonder it is right for brothers to be president and a minister. only two ministers cant be from the same family????

    Fayad Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:55 AM

    MR did't expect you to resign I suppose ?

    upul Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:55 AM

    However if Berty is appointed this family issue wont come. Measure the experience and scarification to the party . Then Berty is leading !!

    sinnavi Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:51 PM

    Srilankan politics is a laughing stock.

    G1 Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:34 PM

    "Socialist DEMOCRATIC Republic of Sri Lanka"

    LONG LIVE democracy!!!!!!

    concerned Thursday, 20 September 2012 10:12 AM

    Is the policy for the household or family?

    How come the first family holds all super positions except prime ministerial post. Which also will be acquired very soon !!!!!


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