Social media is up in arms against UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s move to give a Cabinet position to controversial politician Ravi Karunanayake despite serious allegations leveled against him on multiple issues.
Testifying before the Presidential Commission on the Treasury bonds issue in 2017, Wickremesinghe admitted that Karunanayake misled him on the Penthouse allegation raised by UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage who said the apartment was financed by Arjuna Aloysius, the man at the centre of the bond fiasco.
Wickremesinghe stated that he believed that the senior UNPer and former cabinet minister was telling the truth about the ‘Penthouse allegation‘ when it was first made by MP Aluthgamage.
“I asked him ( Karunanayake) about it and he said no. There was no reason to go further”, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said in response to a question posed by Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya.
The social media activists now question the rationale behind Karunanayake’s reappointment as a Cabinet Minister when he had even lied to Wickremesinghe.
UNP sources, however, said there was no truth in rumours that Karunanayake would be made the Finance Minister. Nevertheless, they admitted that the controversial politician would be appointed to a Cabinet post on Monday.