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SLPP MPs adamant on Cabinet posts, reject alternatives attached with perks

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In a bid to appease some senior MPs of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) who insist on Cabinet portfolios, the government has proposed to set up a separate body called ‘high post committee’ comprising them and assign responsibilities to them along with perks such as vehicles and allowances, Daily Mirror learns.

However, the SLPP MPs remain adamant that they won’t settle for anything less than Cabinet portfolios.

An MP who insisted on anonymity told Daily Mirror that these MPs were called for meetings of the proposed ‘high post committee’ but they never turned up in protest.

“We were called for meetings on Monday last week and on Monday this week. But, none of us went,” the MP said.

In another alternative, the government offered positions to the family members of these MPs, along with perks such as vehicles and allowances, but it too had been turned down.

Daily Mirror learns that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is not prepared to increase the size of the Cabinet any more. The President can have a Cabinet of 30 in terms of the Constitution. Still, there are vacancies to appoint eight more ministers.

Another informed source said that a senior SLPP politician has conspired to topple the government during a critical vote in Parliament. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 56

  • Arnold Wednesday, 12 July 2023 06:45 AM

    Their names should be publicized.

    Day Dreamer Wednesday, 12 July 2023 07:26 AM

    These leaches are not at all interested in the country or its future generations to come. All what they can think is their portfolios in the cabinet to swindle money to their foreign accounts. What is required is reset a full scale election in which these thugs should be chased out and some others with genuine welfare mindedness to take over the country. Will this happens? In the last 75 years we have failed again and again- like someone going to Buddha Gaya on a yearly basis.

    Kumara Ilangasinghe Wednesday, 12 July 2023 07:34 AM

    Mr President Don't give any posts or perks to the SLPP Rogues. Sack the current Ministers as well and the people will back you up. Protection you gave these rogues from the backlash of the public is more than enough.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 12 July 2023 06:48 PM

    Sure he is going to listen to you He needs the support of slpp rogues. How do you think at presently he governing the country.

    Sivalingam Wednesday, 12 July 2023 07:43 AM

    Kaputas and leeches of Diyawannawa. Scum of the swamp, time to drain the swamp in Diyawannawa.

    DOT Wednesday, 12 July 2023 07:51 AM

    They are very tiered now! SOS! Please !

    Kirinde Pala Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:16 AM

    Thopi Bedagattanam - Thopima Kaapiyaw!!

    William Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:27 AM

    Tug-o-war seems to be heading to a climax. Does it mean that an interesting episode is being scripted? Or is it an eye-wash? Anyway, heads they win tails the masses lose.

    Kamal Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:28 AM

    This stunt by the Rajapakse's and the handful of their co-corrupt ass lickers will fail miserably. They have not realised that they no longer enjoy popularity amounts the people even in rural areas.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:30 AM

    Why won't Ranil dissolve the Parliament and prove thst he is a leader and not a slave of Rajapaksas?

    Gamini Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:44 AM

    Go on appoint more cabinet ministers, family members, give them perks, vehicles allowances, we idiots are here to pay more taxes to maintain them

    Thomas Dharmachandra Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:47 AM

    Topple the government and see, ou will never be elected by the people to represent them in the future

    Chandra Wednesday, 12 July 2023 08:55 AM

    These SLPP fellows who are demanding Cabinet Portfolios have been making noises and empty threats for the last two years. They know the taste of the position they held earlier and the possibilities of making good money and now they can't do without that any longer! Ranil must not succumb to their threats.

    Jude Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:22 AM


    Jude Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:23 AM

    Someone must putta bullet on his Head, this nonsense must be stop.

    Christo255 Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:25 AM

    SLPP stupid. Young fox RW will create dissent withing SLPP and grab a part of their voter base. Then along with UNP base, SLFP and SLPP base will form a new government.

    Jude Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:28 AM

    People, THEY'RE doling out public money to these scumbags!! People, what are you waiting for, drag the SOB from where ever he is, finish him off. This menace must stop by hook or by crook!!

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:32 AM

    It is a sad fact only one fellow was done away last time.

    ravin Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:31 AM

    for the best interest of all Sri Lankans and its well wishers dissolve parliament. lets see cross boarder mentality of all.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:45 AM

    We citizens of this country are set of ponnaya's who read this kind of news and keep quiet. After all the damage, still these bastards have not learnt a lesson and still are on the look out to bleed the nation. They increase budget of National Security whose main aim is to protect them not from international threats but local threats due to this kind of robbing. It is too late but we citizens have to at least in this late stage teach these fellows a lesson.

    Do Doo Dooo Chin Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:17 AM

    What is the difference between MR and you Ranil, if you offer positions to those looters family members. Most of them did not study up to GCE O/L. Example: MR gave jobs to his henchmen from Hambantota

    D.G.R. Fernando (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:21 AM

    Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe don't bother about those rotten Senior MPs in the SLPP, they are labelled as Looters. If they want to get out, leave them as you will get 36 SJB MPs to join you soon.

    Dr. K.M. Gunaratne Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:26 AM

    Johnston, Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunawardene and some robbers are asking for Cabinet portfolios, well if they are given the positions Ranil you may get the same treatment what Gota got sometimes it will be worse than that.

    Prof. Frank Perera Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:29 AM

    Be wise enough Mr. President, now try to establish the Govt. with UNP

    J. Jayasena [Snr. Journalist] Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:32 AM

    Can you remember, all these fellows asking for Cabinet positions - fooled you and scolded in filth in the Parliament (I have all recordings) now they are trying to treat you and get positions.

    Lal Samaranayake - 3 wheel operator Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:36 AM

    Enough - no need any cabinet ministers neither additional staff Mr. Wickramasinghe. Our country is sinking still, no medicines in the Hospitals and people are dying, some poor people are eating only one or two normal meals per day. Please cut down the expenditure on MPs and Ministers.

    Volker Metzger Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:36 AM

    The egoism of people is limitless, says the German philosopher Schopenhauer, it can only be overcome through the pity and sympathy that one feels towards other people and their suffering !!! This is also the teaching of the Buddha !!! The inhumanity and psychological brutality of these SLPP political figures can be seen in the behavior described! While 25% of the population can no longer ensure their daily food, especially that of their children, they demand cabinet posts and other preferences in the political system of Sri Lanka! They don't even have any such thing as human shame anymore!!! Only the contempt and the closed rejection behavior of the voters can remedy this in the next election !!!

    Punchi Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:58 AM

    We get into politics and religion for the benefits we can obtain

    Well wisher Wednesday, 12 July 2023 10:59 AM

    When will the educated younger generation of Srilanka wake up to such nonsense to have family members having posts. Will this country ever change? Radical change is the only way forward.....I feel sorry for the kids and future generations

    Ranjith Perera Wednesday, 12 July 2023 11:21 AM

    All what I see that both President and Pohotuwa work in hand in glove for common purpose of hanging on to power. They play power game ,public need not draw themselves in cat and mouse game of these two oligarchs RW and MR play.

    Sonic with Robo Tikka Wednesday, 12 July 2023 11:45 AM

    The majority of them are the buffaloasoldiers of AliBaba. Many of the upasaka upasika vote for them.

    ANNECUNT Wednesday, 12 July 2023 12:53 PM

    WE WANT UNP GOVERNMENT we want unp government WE WANT UNP GOVERNMENT WHAT DO WE WANT (unp government)

    UMAS ALI Wednesday, 12 July 2023 12:55 PM


    Kiris Costa from Biyagama Wednesday, 12 July 2023 01:09 PM

    Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, if you want to be in power until the next election curtail the benefits, comforts given to Ministers

    M.K. Lalith - Waiter in a five star hotel Wednesday, 12 July 2023 01:12 PM

    If you appoint Senior SLPP fellows bothering for Cabinet portfolios, once they get it - their plan is to chase you out and make MR to sit in your chair. This was openly revealed by Johnston to his close friends after fully intoxicated in a five-star hotel.

    N.M. Perera Wednesday, 12 July 2023 01:21 PM

    RW must be smart and dissolve Parliament and send SLPP Home and form an interim Government with SJB. RW will romp home at next doubt.

    Kamal Ranasinghe - Journalist Wednesday, 12 July 2023 01:42 PM

    Kunu Porra -Mahinananda Aluthgamage, Ratharang - Rohitha, Kassia - Jonny are the main fellows following Ranil for Cabinet positions.. Now to see their family members too are going to enjoy the maximum Luxury life.

    Ram Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:03 PM

    Good issue to see if RW will bend towards the crooks or stay firm. RW offering high posts with perks too is not acceptable

    Right thinking AP Fernando Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:26 PM

    There are so many well-educated young MP's in both the ruling

    Prof. K. Anandarajah from Jaffna Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:29 PM

    Ranil, if you want to increase your strength of your cabinet with rouges, wait for another 2-3 months, there are more than 40 to come from the opposition benches and join with you.

    Cheers Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:41 PM

    Do not forget SLPP is the people voted democratic party since 2019 so they are still the government and will win next election too not jvp

    suresh olagama Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:41 PM

    The million Doller Question is WHY ?? WHY ?? DO THE NEED CABINET OFFICE ?? to do what , haven't they done enough harm, by being in these positions in the first place??..

    K.A.W. Perera - Snr. Journalist Wednesday, 12 July 2023 03:48 PM

    According to the recent information from SLPP Office, seven former senior MP's will get together and remove Ranil and Dinesh from their seats and replace with Mahinda and Namal. WAIT AND SEE THE NEW DRAMA.... THIS IS A TRUE INFORMATION.

    Molsen Wednesday, 12 July 2023 04:16 PM

    Sri Lankans are known by their elected representatives in parliament or political dregs who are chain snatchers, cattle rustlers, boot leggers, drug dealers, extortionists, child molesters, murderers, arsonists, sex maniacs, conmen, pimps, snake charmers, paedophiles, and you name it.

    Cherath Wednesday, 12 July 2023 04:37 PM

    I wonder whether the 6.9 million who has committed Harakiri will wake up from their deep trance to realise how an intruder President is dishing out cars and allowances to the liars and crooks who deceived them while they languish in hellish conditions.

    Sagala Wednesday, 12 July 2023 04:50 PM

    Even in the present set up the majority of Ministers, and worst still, the State Ministers are doing nothing. There was news recently that Ranil was to assess their performance and drop out some of the idlers. These seem to be just for the gallery !

    Our politicians judged us right Wednesday, 12 July 2023 04:56 PM

    M.K. Lalith - Waiter in a five star hotel! You are not supposed to reveal the truth or the names of those behind the conspiracy. For those who call for election! Do you all think our voters have the wisdom of our naked situation? We will again vote to prove that our corrupt politicians are right.

    Ravi Wednesday, 12 July 2023 05:00 PM

    They should be in jail, not free to cause chaos.

    Dhusana Wednesday, 12 July 2023 05:02 PM

    Chandrasena, Jhonny, Mahindananda, Raththaran, Sanath are the main fighters for Portfolios as they they have tasted what a gold mine it is to be one. The ones who are presently in that position do not want to leave under any circumstances e.g. Keheliya. Amaraweera, Nimal, Bandu.

    june macapagal Wednesday, 12 July 2023 05:13 PM

    All the SLPP MP's should be sacked from parliament because they are a set of uneducated stupid fellows who are not fit to be even a peon.

    PINA Wednesday, 12 July 2023 05:45 PM

    Mahindananda, Rohitha, Jonston, and Namal possess exceptional visionary qualities. Their unwavering commitment to advancing the prosperity of this country, their remarkable ability to enhance the quality of life for its people, and their visionary thinking set them apart. Even someone like Lee Quan Yu would find it challenging to match their dedication and drive. Athlathmudali, Neelan, and Kadirgamar, on the other hand, may not surpass them in terms of their commitment to national progress, uplifting lives, and forward-thinking perspectives.

    Ranjith Perera Wednesday, 12 July 2023 06:23 PM

    The president should put his foot down

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 12 July 2023 09:13 PM

    It is the Rajapaksas foot he is using.

    N V Jen Wednesday, 12 July 2023 06:42 PM

    Ranil, prove yourself as a Statesman at-least now. Don't bow down to the Rajapakse morons and their gangsters for the sake of power, though I doubt whether you will do the right thing ever.

    Banda Wednesday, 12 July 2023 06:44 PM

    Dear Mr. President, Never give them what they want. Enough is enough. Ask them to read all these comments and tell them to go to hell. Dissolve the parliament and go for an election. You will be the president of the next parliament as well. They may have to find places to hide.

    Jo Thursday, 13 July 2023 09:33 AM

    Democracy is to protect the public. But in Sri Lanka???

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