Amid speculation in political circles that Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara is likely to be offered the post of Speaker, he told Daily Mirror that under no circumstances would he accept that post.
The minister said whatever the speculations maybe, he had not been offered any new post up to today.
“The post of Speaker must go to a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member. Under no circumstances will I accept the Speaker’s post. I refused this post when the then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga offered it to me in 1994,” the minister said and added that he was keen to continue serving the Communist Party and furthermore he had nearly reached the twilight of his political carrier.
Several other ministers who are supposed to have their portfolios changed in a mini-cabinet reshuffle said they were not ready to accept portfolios talked about in the media.
Some of the ministers went so far as to say they would remain as back benches if they were offered portfolios they found not to their liking.
Meanwhile, the SLFP’s Political Management Committee (PMC) headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has summoned a special meeting at 6.30pm at Temple Trees.
The notice sent to SLFP parliamentarians said a few important points will be discussed at this meeting.
A senior government official said one of the main points to be discussed was the impending mini cabinet reshuffle.
He said President Rajapaksa was determined to change the portfolios of several ministers who had performed as expected or their performance led to controversies which harmed the government and the party. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Bad time for leftists, moderate and against armed rebellion, age is an excuse, yet they won't believe in "time", isn't it?
GANEN. B Monday, 16 January 2012 05:00 AM
DEW - THIS WAS EXPECTED MUCH EARLIER, BECAUSE OF YOUR C O P E -MOUTH.
Nodrog Sunday, 15 January 2012 04:26 AM
will this improve MPs performance?
chithranganie Sunday, 15 January 2012 04:07 AM
Mr Minister, Why did you find corrupt government institutions in the COPE Report. This is the result.
sue Sunday, 15 January 2012 03:36 AM
please don't say such things. Someone might take it seriously.
Kolomba Kaka Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:41 AM
Duminda should be brought back from his bed to become Minister of Defence!
Lasantha Perera Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:39 PM
CORRECTION : Dr. Mervin Silva.
mohamed Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:08 PM
Mervin Silva is the next finance minister because he very good collecting tax from the people
Aristotle Saturday, 14 January 2012 04:37 PM
In that case all the present ministers need to go.
Nodrog Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:23 PM
Just a case of putting monkeys in different cages!
Paisa Must Appah Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:41 PM
High time for another reshuffle. Last time as Minister, had lotsa chances to make nice Paisa . No chance now as deputy minister . Dry place. Hope this time I will get another Minister post to fill my pockets. Only another 6 yrs more. Cant wait.
MI Friday, 13 January 2012 09:03 PM
Mervyn Silva to be a defense minster
Ashinisamanali Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:00 PM
How about Mr. Mervin Silva for the post of Speaker....????
Sanjaya Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:16 PM
If he is genuine then he should go without making noises against the government.
Jayan Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:16 AM
There is one thing that I can say for sure is Minister Mervin Silva would be promoted to the post of Prime Minister or Speaker of the House.
Jay Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:26 AM
DEW contested for Speaker at the request of CBK in 2004 and lost by one vote.
Patriot Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:01 AM
We can expect another promotion to Mervin!
Karu Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:31 AM
Chamal surely not under performed.Then over. To be the PM?
Aku Aku Saturday, 14 January 2012 04:24 AM
This is what is called nipping in the bud. Dew was getting too hot for comfort where the state in concerned and his attitude was catching!
Prof.Henricks Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:40 AM
He doesn't get the message. Please retire, there are plenty of people who could do something better as public servants.
Dalu Banda Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:31 AM
Dr Marvin De silva to be offered the Minister of Tax collection
sunil hk Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:27 AM
Same old wine to be stored in the same old bottles! "Me rate minissu thanikara kelinne pissu!!
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