Cabinet Minister of Law and Order & Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake told Colombo Telegraph that he is yet to resign the former portfolio as he is waiting for President Maithripala Sirisena to give him an appointment.
Ratnayake had earlier told the UNP’s Parliamentary Committee that he did not want to continue as Minister of Law and Order.
Minister Sagala Ratnayake today said he had informed his party’s Parliamentary Group that he was not hoping to continue as the Minister of Law and Order. In a Facebook post Ratnayake stated that he would not hesitate to give up the portfolio ‘for the sake of the United National Party’ and pledged that he would do his best for the wellbeing of the party. He has also stated that he had conveyed his sentiments to Prime Minsiter Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, he told Colombo Telegraph that he had not submitted any letter of resignation since he has to first meet the President. President Sirisena is yet to give Ratnayake the appointment that he had sought.
Ratnayake assured that this decision has nothing to do with criticism leveled at him of late. “Such criticism there will always be and it doesn’t bother me. This has nothing to do with all that,” he said.
Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that Ratnayake, while holding on to the Southern Development portfolio, is expecting another ministerial position that would enable him to work more closely with the public.