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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday denied allegations that he had breached the collective responsibility of the Cabinet by criticizing a decision taken by it.  

The minister was recently criticized by several ministers over a statement he made with regard to regaining of the Hambantota Port.   
The minister said it was not a criticism but a comment made to retrieve a national asset.   
“The Cabinet decision was to lease out the Hambantota Port and I didn’t challenge or criticize it. 
I simply mentioned a way to secure a national asset legally when the time comes,” he said. The minister said, as someone who always stood by the country, he was able to intervene and help the government to regain the Sri Lanka Transport Board, Sri Lanka Insurance Company and the Apollo Hospital in Colombo which is now renamed as Lanka Hospital on previous occasions.   
He also said it seemed that there was no collective responsibility in the Cabinet anymore.   
“It was only last week the Cabinet approved the 20th Amendment to the Constitution but this week SLFP Ministers upon meeting the President said that they would go against the decision. Is this maintaining the collective responsibility? There are a variety of opinions expressed in a unity government.” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 10

  • Truth group Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:06 PM

    Why you took back CTB ? now we are paying for that

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 14 August 2017 08:56 AM

    They take it back, so that they can employ their hench-aiyas and create the voter base.

    Kumar Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:30 PM

    We need people like him who are sincere and honest and speak their mind instead of girlie men who are not smart but progress in life hiding behind "collective responsibility"

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 14 August 2017 09:01 AM

    Ha Ha, you are talking about a master crook who took his family on paid vacation with a Company that was under investigation by the SL Justice System and he was Justice Minister at that time. He fails to utter a single word condemning Gnanasara the racist and in fact has made deals for his escape from charges of criminality.

    Prabhath Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:53 PM

    He is trying to back down now. He used the term "selling", not leasing. Don't let him evade now. It is time he is removed from the Cabinet.

    Lanka Perera Saturday, 12 August 2017 05:28 PM

    Who will pay the loans, damages and losses...are you going to use your personal funds....Dont use taxpayers' money to keep the nameof your former boss.

    daham Saturday, 12 August 2017 06:10 PM

    Yes, You are correct Mr. Minister. Narrow minded immature d people always think they are the Pandiths.

    JAN Saturday, 12 August 2017 06:10 PM

    WR now with MR doin everything to safeguard MR family in coming years better bring him No Confidence motion immediately via DM Android App

    Ganesh Sunday, 13 August 2017 09:03 AM

    Being a lawyer , if he can not maintain the collective responsibility of a cabinet , and ungrateful for the people who made him become a minister especially minority voters , he should not remain in the cabinet but leave or must be removed at once .

    Alston Monday, 14 August 2017 07:11 AM

    WR has to go without playing double game and deceiving the nation

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