President Maithripala Sirisena visited Mullaitivu this morning and took part in a number of programmes relating to the Northern province development.
The notable absentee during the President’s programme in Mullaitivu this morning was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who also holds a position as the Northern Province Development Minister.
When contacted by Colombo Telegraph, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Wickremesinghe was not invited to attend the President’s event in Mullaitivu today.
“The Prime Minister has been kept in the dark about the President’s visit to Mullaitivu. Under usual circumstances, it is the subject minister who coordinates regional events of this nature. In this case, however, the usual protocol has not been followed for some reason,” a senior official from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Although Sirisena did not invite the subject ministers, he invited several Cabine ministers from the UNP including Daya Gamage and Rishad Bathiudeen. In addition, he also invited Northern Province Governor Suren Raghavan and three opposition MPS namely Dayasiri Jayasekera, Angajan Ramanathan and Cader Masthan.
During the visit, Sirisena launched a drug prevention campaign in the Northern province, granted financial assistance to schools in the Mullaitivu area affected by recent floods and released over 1000 acres of government-occupied lands for the public use.