Colombo Telegraph

Rajitha Blasts President’s Confidante Shiral Lakthilaka At Cabinet Press

Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne fired broadsides at President Maithripala Sirisena’s Coordinating Secretary Shiral Lakthilaka during the media conference on cabinet decisions today.

Lakithilaka and the President

A journalist had sought the minister’s response to a statement that Lakthilaka had made to the effect that an ‘interim government’ would be formed immediately after the forthcoming local government elections, to which Senaratne had fired back, ‘who is Shiral?’

When he was informed that Lakthilaka was the Coordinating Secretary to President Sirisena, Senaratne had angrily asked ‘Can a coordinating secretary get such things done?’

Lakthilaka is said to be among President Sirisena’s closest confidantes to the point that he was one of the emissaries sent by Sirisena to arrange a meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa as mentioned in MP Malith Jayatilleka’s book (The January 8th that I saw) in April 2015.

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