Continuing his resignation drama, recently re-elected Deputy Speaker Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, in less than 24 hours of being appointed, announced he has once again decided to resign from the post.
Siyambalapitiya was elected as Deputy Speaker on Thursday (5) following a secret ballot held in Parliament by polling 148 votes, which is a majority of 83 votes against his opponent Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, who managed to poll 65 votes in total.
In the resignation letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, he said the main reason behind his decision was the bad public image caused by the resignation drama.
“The SLPP’s stance to support me in the secret ballot has caused the people to see me as their enemy. I resigned from the post earlier to support the struggle of the people. But now the people see me as an enemy after the SLPP’s public announcement that they support me,” he said.
“As a politician who is always on the side of the ordinary people, I am deeply saddened by this situation. I cannot bear the pain caused by this,” he added.
Siyambalapitiya first resigned from the post in early April after the SLFP decided to be independent in Parliament. However, as the President did not accept the resignation, he remained in the post until 30 April. The President accepted the resignation on 3 May.
By Methmalie Dissanayake