President Maithripala Sirisena, at the last Cabinet meeting, has promised to resolve the issue relating to the subject allocation at the Ministry of State Enterprise, Hill Country Heritage and Kandy Development, held by Lakshman Kiriella.
When the matter was raised at the Cabinet meeting yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat, President Maithripala Sirisena said the Gazette notification on the subject allocation was “hurried” due to various factors.
Sirisena promised to resolve the issues relating to Kiriella’s ministry, admitting that the current allocation was a “mistake”.
As per the Gazette issued by President Sirisena last week, Kiriella only received four minor institutions – namely Ceylon Ceramic Corporation, KESCO, BCC Company and the State Resources Management Corporation – that are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Kiriella was livid after seeing the Gazette notification and threatened to resign from all his posts. The senior UNP Parliamentarian said he was not in a position to face his supporters after the embarrassment caused by the President’s move.
Kiriella met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday night to discuss the issue. The Prime Minister assured Kiriella that he would take up the matter with President Sirisena later in the week.