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Senanayake challenges UNP to remove him from portfolio


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While saying he would not quit from politics despite his previous statement, Foreign Affairs State Minister Wasantha Senanayake categorically said he would continue to function as the State Minister despite reports about moves to suspend him from the ministerial portfolio. He also challenged those concerned to remove him if possible.

Party General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said UNP decided to suspend State Minister Wasantha Senanayake from the party.

Addressing a news briefing, Senanayake said he was to resign from his portfolio and sent a letter of resignation to President Maithripala Sirisena last morning. However, decided not to proceed with his decision and will continue to function as Foreign Affairs State Minister.

“How come I was suspended from the party when there are no charge sheets or allegations against me? But UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim has told me that the decision to suspend me from the party was a mistake" he said.

Referring to the statement made by the Prime Minister that he would continue to be the Prime Minister under the presidency of Sajith Premadasa, he said he would not care what he had said.

“I asked the question not from Mr. Wickremesinghe but from Sajith Premadasa. I have no concern with any statement made by Premier Wickremesinghe,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said he had to consider supporting another candidate, considering how he is being treated within the party.

“I don’t want to tarnish the name of Mr. Premadasa, but there are some irritating party members, who endeavour to destroy UNP,” he added.

When asked whether he would support SLPP presidential candidate if they would not secure a majority, Mr. Senanayake there could be a possibility to render his support. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  Comments - 15

  • HImal Dias Wednesday, 30 October 2019 06:03 PM

    Huuuu Huuuu huuu huuuuuuuuuu hhuuuuu hhuuuuu huuuuuuh huuuu huuuuu huuuuu huuuu

    Warren David Wednesday, 30 October 2019 06:18 PM

    Poor thing....he is lost and confused....

    Maurice L Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:30 AM

    Hard to swallow

    ANTHONY Thursday, 31 October 2019 07:56 AM

    No problem you can hold on to your post for 16 days more until the new President is elected.What a hero hah hah haa

    mnsmart Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:21 AM

    These jokers should be completely removed from SL politics

    Leo Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:29 AM

    Your no good for the country nor the party. No one cares what you do. Your just rubbish.

    hikz Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:43 AM

    stick in the mud. hik hik hik hik,,,,,

    hikz Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:44 AM

    stick in the mud. hik hik hik hik,,,,,

    hikz Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:49 AM

    stick rooted in mud.hik hik hik

    Vipin B Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:57 AM

    If there ever was a award for "worst politician of the year", this guy is the unanimous choice.

    Yehiya Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:58 AM

    He is following Rukman.

    Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:25 AM

    Don't just suspend, kick the bloody bastard out, damn shameless thick skinned turncoat.

    Citizen Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:27 AM

    We don't want politicians who waiver like scarecrows to govern us. Pl quit politics.

    Ashan Bandaranayeke Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:28 AM

    Aiyo! Who cares. This election is not about these candidates' supporters' drama and all. it's about the country. Work or depart.

    Dann Jay Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:19 AM

    At best you are wasting a valuable space in the paper by writing about this gentleman who seems to care nothing or nobody but himself.

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