Pro-Ranil factions slam Dayasiri

Public criticism of a proposal by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has raised the anger of several ministers and MPs who want immediate disciplinary action against Jayasekera.

Jayasekera was recently critical of a decision by Prime Minister Ranil... The Ministers and MPs contend that Dayasiris' criticism of the Premier's decision to appoint a committee violated an agreement between the UNP and SLFP to desist from any form of public criticism of one by the other since the leaders of both parties have agreed to a joint two-year administration.

Also almost all UNP MPs had decided not to criticize any decision taken during the past year by President Maithripala Sirisena. Most MPs in government ranks are of the view that Jayasekera's public criticism of the Premier's decision was a gross violation of the concept of collective responsibility of Cabinet.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe told several senior UNP Ministers last Thursday that since cricket was Sri Lanka's most popular sport he will not allow any business mafia to destroy it.

He has assured UNP top rankers that he will take a decision on it in due course.

Many in government ranks wonder what response President Sirisena will come up with if the current hostility between the PM and the Sports Minister were to suddenly spill over.

There's speculation about an attempt by the Minister of Sports to bring about discord between the President and the PM by keeping alive the current turmoil in cricket.

It is pointed out that since the Executive Presidency was set up in 1978, no Head of State from J. R. Jayewardene to Mahinda Rajapaksa has allowed any Minister of Sports to take independent or arbitrary decisions as they were forced to act according to the whims and fancies of the President.

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