SLPP squashes rumours: Ranil Won’t be Appointed PM


By Faadhila Thassim

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), while challenging the recently ousted MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila to make the Government lose its majority in Parliament, as they claimed they would, also squash speculation that UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe would soon be appointed as Prime Minister of a soon-to-be-formed National Government. 

SLPP MP and Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena addressing a media briefing yesterday (28) when Gammanpila and Weerawansa have time and again said the Government will lose its majority in Parliament but has not done anything to that effect.

Abeygunawardena said, certain people have issues with the Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa and are trying to slander him, noting that Rajapaksa was the one who formed the SLPP and has worked relentlessly to make it victorious.

He rejected claims that UNP MP Wickremesinghe would be appointed Prime Minister. Meanwhile, General Secretary of the SLPP Sagara Kariywasam added the most suitable person to be Prime Minister is currently in office and there is no need to make any change.

Kariyawasam said the Government is strong and will overcome the economic crisis and will secure a huge win in the next election.

Weerawansa on 23 March, stressed that they will ensure the Government would lose its majority in Parliament, while visiting Malwathu and Asgiri Maha Nayaka Theras in Kandy to present proposals of 11 constituent parties of the Government.