The opening of the coordinating office due to be established by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Kurunegala District has reportedly been postponed again, due to the interference of Highway Minister Johnston Fernando.
Mahinda Rajapaksa contested the General Election in both 2015 and 2020 from the Kurunegala District and promised the establishment of a coordinating office in the district to directly serve the people of Kurunegala who stood loyal to him and gave him a record number of preferential votes. Rohitha Rajapaksa, the youngest son of the Prime Minister, will be heading this office for the political affairs.
Rohitha attended a large number of political rallies in the Kurunegala District on behalf of his father during the 2020 General Election and even represented him on many occasions in the district after the polls.
Although no official confirmation has been made on his arrival in politics to date, Rohitha’s ignition has severely erupted the pleasure of Minister Johnston Fernando, who is the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Leader of the Kurunegala District, driving him to thwart Rohitha’s activism in the belief that he may be a political threat to him in the future, sources disclosed.
Accordingly, Fernando on many occasions had intervened on postponing the opening of this office and his latest strike was reported yesterday (27), as the opening of the District Coordinating Office of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has once again been postponed till March 05, sources added.
Fernando’s approach towards his other political colleagues is seriously being debated within the SLPP, in the event that he does not allow even the son of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who among many SLPPers is the ‘Leader of the Heart’, to engage in politics, according to sources.