SLFP MPs, Dilan Perera, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, C.B. Rathnayake and Pavithra Wanniarachchi who accepted ministerial portfolios of the current government have resigned from their positions today.
Addressing a media conference held at the Opposition Leader’s Office, the MPs said that they resigned from their positions as they cannot work under the current circumstances prevailing in the government.
Dilan Perera held the post of state minister for Samurdhi while Mahinda Yapa held the post of Parliamentary Affairs.
C.B., Rathnayake was state minister of Public and Democratic Administration while Pavithra Wanniarachchi was state minister for Environment.
Update : Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 11:00 ------------------------------------------------
4 SLFP cabinet Ministers poised to resign
Political sources say that four SLFPers who had received ministerial portfolios will resign from their posts today.
Sources connected to the SLFP said that accordingly ministers Dilan Perera, Mahinda Yaapaa Abeywardhana, C. B. Ratnaayaka and Pavitraa Wanniaarachchi would thus resign from their posts.
A media briefing also has been called for today with the participation of these four ministers.
Currently minister Dilan Perera holds the Housing and Samurdhi State Minister post while minister Mahinda Yapa is the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
Minister C. B. Ratnayake is currently the State Public Administration and Democratic Governance Minister while Minister Pavitraa Vanniaarachchi holds the State Environment Minister post.
However while Minister Dilan Perera had recently said that the tenure of office of local government bodies should be extended, he had also mentioned on that occasion that he was prepared to make a serious decision if the extension was not made.