While President Ranil Wickremesingne had agreed to appoint SJB MP Harsha de Silva as the Chairman of the Public Finance Committee (CoPF), the members of the Selection Committee had sought a meeting with the President for a further discussion on the reservations they have with regard to the appointment, Chief Government Whip Prasanna Ranatunga told Parliament today.
“Members of the Selection Committee had sought a further meeting with President Wickremesinghe as they have some reservations on the appointment of Dr. de Silva,” Minister Ranatunga said in response to a question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa.
“We will settle the matter after the discussion with the President,” he added.
“The President belongs to a certain party but the government is run according to a different scenario,” he also said.
Premadasa earlier questioned as to why the appointment of Dr. de Silva was delayed despite the agreement on the part of the President.
“The President had a discussion with MPs Kabir Hashim and Dr. de Silva and he agreed to appoint the latter as the chairperson of the Finance Committee. This is intellectual jealousy,” he said.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene who responded said both the ruling party and the opposition should have a dialogue and settle the matter as soon as possible. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)
N.M. Perera Thursday, 25 May 2023 11:44 AM
RW could dissolve Parliament and send them Home. Set up an interim Cabinet with credible SJB/a section of the break away SLPP Members. UNP will gain control for sure again.
Ruwan Thursday, 25 May 2023 11:54 AM
President can't have okayed the appointment offhand, without consulting the government. He knows the law.
Citizen Silva Thursday, 25 May 2023 12:03 PM
When you have a speaker who has no back bone what is the point of a dialogue0
Anthony Thursday, 25 May 2023 12:47 PM
We all support Dr, De Silva the best for this post but he should be independent true, honest and not play for benefit's where any political party.
Ram Thursday, 25 May 2023 01:25 PM
Sajith must understand that RW dances to the tunes of SLPP bosses. RW is a Rajapaksa employee
sam Thursday, 25 May 2023 03:33 PM
When a knowledgeable or a suitable person is appointed all others have a problem.
ANNEDOUBLECUNT Thursday, 25 May 2023 04:03 PM
IS NAMAL RAJAPAKSA PRESIDENT OF SRI-LANKA?
Buddhist Thursday, 25 May 2023 04:46 PM
The worst Speaker of the Parliament in SL history is the present Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeygunewardena. He is a partisan Speaker who repeatedly violates the constitution and the standing orders.
Ranjith Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:08 PM
This shows where Srilanka is heading lot of room for corrupt politicians and no room educated politicians in the parliament, Provincial councils and pradeshiya saba
Harsha is traitor to the UNP, what was Ranil thinking Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:38 PM
Hard to believe Ranil would want Harsha one of those who went with Sajith the destroy the UNP should be given any post. Harsha mindlessly mostly goes along with CB governor so has no credibility. Even 10 year old child off the street maybe better choice to take up role of COPF chair than him
Onil Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:16 PM
MP Harsha de Silva is thoroughly UN-FIT for the post, so, better, to dissolve the parliament and go for election immediately. Ranil has no authority or power to adjust appointments or amendments to the prevailing cabinet until the call for elections.
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