The Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central Committee has reached a unanimous decision not to hold ministerial positions in any government other than an all-party government, but the Sri Lankan National Party President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to take disciplinary action against the members of the Sri Lankan National Party who have taken cabinet and state ministerial posts.
Sri Lanka National Party Senior Vice President, Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says that in accordance with the powers given to the chairman by the party constitution, disciplinary investigations will be started in the coming days.
After Ranil Wickramasinghe assumed the position of President, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Amaraweera of the Sri Lankan National Party (SLNP) were appointed as Cabinet Ministers. After that, recently Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Jagath Pushpakumara, Shantha Bandara, Suren Raghavan got the posts of state ministers.
Nimal Siripala de Silva, who was sworn in as a minister, filed a case before the Colombo District Court asking for an order to be issued against him as the SLFP is preparing to take disciplinary action against him.
The SLFP Secretary had informed the court that no disciplinary action would be taken against Mr. Nimal Siripala.
In the meantime, there are media reports that Duminda Dissanayake of the Sri Lankan Party is also preparing to join the government and take up a ministerial position in the cabinet reshuffle to be held in the future.
If that happens, only Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara and Angajan Ramanathan, Shan Vijayalal de Silva and Dushmantha Mitrapala will become the MPs who will continue to defend the decision not to accept the post of minister along with the SLFP President.