MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, who had initially been endorsing the idea of joining the new government on due formation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has changed dis decision today (14), internal sources disclosed.
Although Ranawaka himself and several other members of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) close to the 43 Senankaya Leader had decided to join the Wickremesinghe-led government from the beginning, talks have been surfacing within the group that the mistakes made during the 2015 Good Governance regime should not be allowed to happen again.
Following close observation on the proceedings of Wickremesinghe since his swearing in, the group has concluded that the UNP Leader is preparing to return to his usual ways of administration. Sources further claimed that Ranawaka was convinced that the government due on formation may not be able to secure a long-run given the manner in which the selection process for appointments is being carried out, the persons selected for the tasks and the Committee appointed by Wickremesinghe to supply essential commodities amidst such a questionable conduct.
The Committee appointed by the Prime Minister comprises of well known UNP figures, Ruwan Wijewardena, Sagala Ratnayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Vajira Abeywardena and Palitha Range Bandara.
In the backdrop, Ranawaka has told his close associates that he has no intention of ending his political career by submitting himself to a ministerial post in a government which probably will meet its end in about two and a half months being accountable for its familiar corrupt conduct, sources further claimed.