Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lotteries Ravi Karunanayake is to resign from his post today. Minister Karunanayake had agreed to tender his resignation until his name is cleared without interfering in the Bond Scam Investigation after he was summoned for a meeting by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sources close to the Presidential Secretariat and Temple Trees told Colombo Telegraph.
However he urged the President and Premier not to remove his brothers in law and relatives he posted here, there and everywhere to high posts in the public sector. Both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had agreed to his request, sources close to President Secretariat said.
“Although the bugger agreed to resign, we still don’t know what advise his wife Mela would give him,” a close friend of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe jokingly told Colombo Telegraph.
According to Minister Karunanayake’s biography in his official website, his wife is described as follows: “As the old adage goes ‘behind every successful man there is a woman’. This certainly proves that his wife Mela has been a tower of strength to him.”
Meanwhile whilst addressing parliament on Tuesday, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he would give a ruling today if the Joint Opposition filed ‘No Confidence’ motion against Minister Karunanayake would go ahead.
As we reported yesterday Minister Karunayake had ducked the Cabinet Meeting last morning.
“There was a threat that the SLFP Ministers were planning to boycott the Cabinet Meeting yesterday if Minister Karunanayake was to attend it” the source close to the Presidential Secretariat confirmed.
However it is still to be established if President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had advised Minister to Karunanayake to abstain from attending the Cabinet meeting but meet them nevertheless in a private capacity at the conclusion of the Cabinet session.
In the year 1999 Minister Karunanayake was presented with the Award of “Young Outstanding Politician of the Year” which was organized by the International Jaycees and in the same year Ravi Karunanayake was elected as the “Politician and Public Administrator of the Year” by the Colombo Jaycees. He is also the Chairman of the Institute of Democracy and Leadership. During the time Karunanayake served as the Minister of Finance he was selected as the Finance Minister of the Year for Asia-Pacific by ‘The Banker’ magazine.
Meanwhile writing to Colombo Telegraph yesterday renowned Political Scientist Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda said: “Unless Karunanayake resigns or is sacked from the cabinet, the UNP will be in deep trouble.”
Well known columnist and retired Civil Servant Shayamon Jayasinghe yesterday wrote to Colombo Telegraph: “It is as clear as daylight: Minister Ravi Karunayake, if he has any decency in him, must resign. Go now, Ravi. Right now!”(Jacqueline Senanayake)