Apr 22, 2021

Basil's closest men to be cut off? Featured

Several individuals of Basil Rajapaksa's inner circle who have been appointed to prominent government posts are in danger of losing their positions soon, internal government sources say.

Renuka Perera, (who had been instrumental in the formation of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna), being forced to resign from his post as National Housing Development Authority chairman, is said to be the beginning of a chain of such events.

In his resignation, Mr. Perera had stated that he is resigning over the constant, unnecessary interference by the State Minister of Rural Housing, Construction and Building Materials Industry Promotion.

Meanwhile, speaking to 'Sri Lanka Mirror', a powerful government minister commented that it was unfortunate that Renuka, who had been in politics for about 25 years, had fallen victim to someone who had no political history for at least a decade, forcing him to resign.

Renuka Perera was also the first National Organizer of the SLPP.

Meanwhile, speaking at a meeting with state ministers yesterday (21), President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had called for an end to the allegation that "state institutions providing public services are unable to deliver up to the public expectations."

The President has also told state ministers that there have been reports of state institution heads failing to perform their duties and told them to report on such offices that have failed to reach the desired targets of the government.

The President said he is even prepared to replace officials if it should be done.

Meanwhile, political commentators are of the view that Renuka's resignation is another decisive defeat for Basil Rajapaksa.

About seven months ago, the National Housing Development Authority office premises in Narahenpita came under the sudden observation of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over a customer complaint.

'Sri Lanka Mirror' also learns that there are murmurs among cabinet ministers over the President assigning more responsibilities to state ministers despite the presence of cabinet ministers.

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