He said he told PM Ranil Wickremesinghe not to give finance to Ravi. “What Ravi did with that ministry was getting into trouble only. He helped me a lot. It was him who gave me a party and a symbol. I said he should not be given finance, as I know that although he was not a thief, he would get into trouble by helping his friends. Had the PM listened to me, Ravi would still be a minister. He is a must in the cabinet,” said the president.
The president recorded what he told the cabinet, saying, “You go out and speaking to the media, distorting what I said. Therefore, I will record to show what I said.”