Prime Minister's fight back
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe moved to consolidate the gains made on
the peace front in Thailand with a budget aimed at stabilising and
developing the economy to withstand the storms ahead, the President
shifted gear and made the best of a politically bad situation for the
PA by claiming credit for the successes on the peace process.
plan to oust PM fails
frantic attempts to
lobby support from
government legislators and members of the Sri Lanka Muslim
Congress (SLMC) to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came a
cropper last week, with the members revealing offers made to them of
portfolios and other benefits to switch camps.
plan hatched by the President and leading members of the PA unravelled
after the SLMC rebel MPs struck a deal with Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe on Friday (8) and agreed to call off their boycott of
the grass greener on the other side? D. M. Dassanayake seems to
be inquiring from his Anamaduwa rival Ranga Bandara. The two who
fought tooth and nail and reduced Anamaduwa to a war zone during
elections, had nothing but smiles for each other during the post
budget tea party. The two however told photographers not to take
pictures and it was Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s entry to
their midst that allowed the opportunity to click.
Photo by Berty Mendis
‘rich brats’ five star brawl
being flung by two heavyweight backers of the United National Front (UNF)
government after a ‘rich brats brawl’ broke out at the Trans Asia
Hotel last Sunday. Literally caught between the devil and the deep
blue sea, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s commitment to
transparency and accountability was being challenged by none other
than his cousin and confidante Ruwan Wijeywardena and trusted
supporter and friend, Ravi Wettasinghe as both appealed to the Premier
to intervene in the kerfuffle.