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BY YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA

Parliament Nov. 27 (Daily Mirror)- While stating that he will be bumped off anytime, Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe said the Executive will have to be responsible for such an eventuality.

“I might be killed today or may be tomorrow, and I would say that the Executive will have to accept the responsibility in such an eventuality,” the   Minister said.

The Minister also pointed his finger at Presidential advisor Sagala Ratnayake. 

"Who is this Sagala Ratnayake? A motorcade is provided to Sagala to ensure his security. However, no security is provided for me being a Cabinet Minister,” he said.

The Minister said MP Namal Rajapaksa has warned that his life is in danger. “MP Namal told me to be careful as President Wickremesinghe is like a snake and will seek revenge from me soon."

However, MP Rajapaksa denied the claim and said Members of Parliament should not be allowed to use parliamentary privileges and utter such things. “Standing orders should be changed to prevent MPs from uttering things,” Namal Rajapaksa said.

In response, the Minister said the message was sent to him by MP Rajapaksa through a third party.

“President Ranil Wickremeisnghe accused me of insulting the judiciary. I only mentioned about one judicial officer. The President accused me of insulting the judiciary and then sent a team to raid all my companies. I have been accused of assembling vehicles. One can carry out investigations if they want and I am prepared to hand over the keys of my factories. My father did politics with late Minister Gamini Dissanayake. He had to sell our properties to spend for his campaigns. I had to go to Japan to find mployment. My mother gave me some money. I had to work hard but I managed to set up five businesses in a few countries. I have never engaged in any illegal activities,” he said.

The Minister then came out with details of an allegation that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had spent Rs. 234 million to purchase a LED screen which has been actually estimated to cost Rs 9.7 million. 
“I have been uncovering various frauds committed by SLC but I am the one being victimized,“ Minister Ranasinghe charged.

"The issue pertaining to cricket will be resolved after the next presidential election,” he said indicating that it will not be resolved in a hurry.

 


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  • Tilak Monday, 27 November 2023 03:31 PM

    The minister trying to be a hero!

    ACA Monday, 27 November 2023 03:36 PM

    You have to resign, if you cannot carry out your duties without issuing useless statements. Don’t waste tax payers money.

    Mahendra perera Monday, 27 November 2023 03:46 PM

    This guy is a joke, RW should sack him and end this joke

    Ram Monday, 27 November 2023 03:51 PM

    If we go back the memory lane to 1980s, the Batalanda era, it will be clear that President has blood in his hands. So better for RR to be careful or even take leave and stay overseas for a while, only if he value his life and believe the threats to be real

    Patriot Monday, 27 November 2023 05:54 PM

    Really? Were you there? Lol

    Dinruta Monday, 27 November 2023 03:57 PM

    You wanted to remove SLC board ? Now you want to remove club officials of all cricket clubs , its members , selection committee, sports secretary, president’s secretary, some judges, president’s chief of staff and the President himself ? Aren’t you a little overreacting Roshan ?

    Anthony Monday, 27 November 2023 04:03 PM

    We support this Minister as we want to stop corruption. Batalanda Ranil cannot take criticism. President is worse than Hitler

    Mithun Monday, 27 November 2023 04:08 PM

    The last sentence tell his intention. He is willing to be the next presidential candidate. All dramas for presidential aspirations. Sorry man we already selected a Red Man

    Kandiah Gnanasambandan Monday, 27 November 2023 04:30 PM

    The man who fought hard to clean up SLC in trouble waters were as all the crocks are enjoying with SLC funds. Typical Sri Lankan style, no way forward.

    Patriot Monday, 27 November 2023 05:54 PM

    Are you kidding me? Lol

    Anthony. R Monday, 27 November 2023 05:44 PM

    At last ! Non is better than the other. Batalanda Vs Tokyo

    ROSH Monday, 27 November 2023 05:58 PM

    Of course he needs to be careful of unelected master debating president is hard on his back in his double bed. He must mare sure his safety come first before unelected master debater. He does stuff only on mile high club to please himself.

    ANNECUNT Monday, 27 November 2023 07:14 PM

    do not worry for death just die like a hero think about gaza and how rajapaka looted our money

    Hg Monday, 27 November 2023 08:27 PM

    The problem is the minister acting like a bull in a China shop. End result, the rouges in SLT still sitting pretty with SL cricket banned loosing hosting under 19 world cup.

    VJ Tuesday, 28 November 2023 08:20 AM

    The former minister is claiming to own several business establishments. Did he declare his assets to the parliament? Is he paying income and other taxes? Namal did the minister a favor but he exposed the man in the parliament. Someone set the minister against the president. The minister should leave politics and run his business and be happy.


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