SLFP ministers’ assurance, a result of Lalith-Pelpita case verdict?

The media has reported that several ministers in the Yahapaalana government have decided to join the joint opposition. However, the ministers mentioned in those reports have met the president and assured they would not leave the government.

Minister Susil Premajayantha has told president Maithripala Sirisena that he has no intention of leaving the government right now, and promised his fullest support to unite the SLFP and help the party to defeat the UNP at future elections.

The reason for the change of mind of these ministers is the Colombo high court verdict against former secretary to the president Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Pelpita yesterday. After the court ruling, the ministers met and decided this was not time to leave the government. The SLFP ministers who had publicly said previously that there was no point in staying in the government will make statements on behalf of the government and it will come as no surprise if they seriously criticize the JO too. That is the Sri Lankan politics. 

Rulings in court proceedings against several others responsible for fraud and corruption committed during the previous regime are due. Foremost among them is former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, reports say.

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