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Chandrasekeran's statement does not reflect Govt stance - Chief Govt Whip

KOTTE: Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday the statement made by the Upcountry People's Front Leader Minister P. Chandrasekeran in Parliament does not reflect the Government's stand.

"This is the stand expressed by Minister Chandrasekeran as a party leader.

As a party leader, he has a sole right to make such a statement." The Minister made this observation in response to a question raised by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and JVP MP Vijitha Herath as to whether the statement made by Minister Chandrasekeran on the political crisis created in Tamil Nadu was the Government's stand.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said, he clearly expressed the Government's stance on the Tamil Nadu issue in Parliament on Tuesday. Therefore, Chandrasekeran's statement does not reflect the Government stance.

National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa said Minister Chandrasekeran made this statement while enjoying all perks as a Government Minister. Chandrasekeran wants to stop the war by speaking against the Government. We can accept if this Minister makes this statement by resigning from his ministerial portfolio. It is very unethical to extend support to the acts of the Tamil Nadu people by enjoying the Government's perks. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said this looks like a ministerial statement made as Chandrasekeran is a Government Minister.

Cabinet has a collective responsibility Chandrasekeran is seated in this House as a Government Minister. Therefore, a question has arisen whether there is the collective responsibility of the Cabinet. Minister Dinesh Gunawardene said if Chandrasekeran is a Government Minister he has a right to make such a statement as a party leader. This is not a Government statement. Minister Chandrasekeran said he made that statement as a party leader. "I am a Government Minister. But I have my own political party. Various views were expressed in Parliament on Tuesday regarding the statements made by me on the Tamil Nadu issue. Therefore, I decided to make this statement in Parliament today as a party leader."

 

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