Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is awaiting the arrival of President Maithripala Sirisena from Japan to discuss and decide the future course of action against Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Nazeer Ahamed, over his recent conduct where he verbally abused Navy Officer, Captain Ranjith Premaratne at a school function in Sampur.
Wickremesinghe has also called on the Commanders of the three forces to carry out a thorough investigation to ascertain if the incident was preplanned in an effort to embarrass Sirisena who is taking part in the G7 summit in Japan.
Meanwhile, Ahamed is also coming under increased pressure from various quarters to issue an apology to Premaratne for abusing him and telling him ‘get out, you idiot,’ at a function held at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, which was attended by school children, the Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando and the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap. The Joint Opposition has also called on
Ahamed to tender an apology to the Navy Officer.
However, despite the severity of the incident, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) of which Ahamed is a member, has still not decided if to take action against the Chief Minister over his conduct.