ECONOMYNEXT- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) status as the junior partner in the alliance with the Sri Lanka Podujana was confirmed by the portfolios that were handed out to them today by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The SLFP members secured 14 seats out of the 145 the alliance won and were given two out of 25 Cabinet portfolios and three State Minister-ships.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena did not get a portfolio as well as veterans such as S B Dissanayake and Susil Premjayantha were left empty-handed.
The two cabinet posts the SLFP got were Labour for Nimal Siripala de Silva and Environment for Mahinda Amaraweera.
Three others were given state ministerial positions, Duminda Dissanayake as the State Minister of Solar, Wind, Hydropower Generation Project Development, party’s General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara as the State Minister of Batik, Handloom, Textiles and Local Apparel Production and Lasantha Alagiyawanna as the State Minister of Cooperative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection.
The SLFP and SLPP formed an alliance to support President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential election held last November, despite the conflict between two parties about the symbol to be used at the election.
At the General Elections, both parties agreed to contest under the lotus bud symbol which is the symbol of the SLPP.
However, many of the SLPP candidates such as Roshan Ranasinghe and Prasanna Ranatunga openly told voters not to choose the SLFP faction of the alliance during the campaigning period.
SLPP supporters also jeered at the SLFP candidates during election rallies but not as many during the presidential elections.
The 14 SLFP members who got elected to parliament are Maithripala Sirisena, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Mahinda Amaraweera, Duminda Dissanayake, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Shantha Bandara, Shan Wijayalal, Ranjith Siyabalapitiya, Saradi Dushmantha, Kadar Mastan, Jagath Pushpakumara, Chamara Sampath, Angajan Ramanadan .(Colombo/Aug12/2020)