Wijeyadasa, Fonseka flare up in Cabinet

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Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Sarath Fonseka had a heated argument at the Cabinet meeting yesterday, when the latter accused of former for violating a collective agreement of the Cabinet of Ministers.

According to sources, the altercation had taken place when Field Marshal Fonseka objected to the action of Mr. Rajapakshe in tendering an apology to a Buddhist monk over a statement made by Field Marshal Fonseka in Parliament recently. “I made a statement in Parliament where I referred to a statement made by a monk.

I referred to this statement as I wanted to disclose who is going behind the Rajapaksas. But one minister of the Cabinet is violating the collective agreement of the Cabinet of Ministers. We want to safeguard the government, but some are still going behind the Rajapaksas,” Minister Fonseka had told President Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Rajapakshe had immediately responded by saying it was he who had tendered the apology. “I tendered an apology as the Prime Minister or the President would otherwise have had to do so, on behalf of the government, as it is not possible to run a government without the support of the Buddhist monks,” he said. President Sirisena had then intervened and calmed both ministers down, saying the views of both of them were important.

Wijeyadasa writes to Speaker over SF’s speech

Minister Rajapakshe, in a letter to the Speaker, said a suitable punishment should be meted out to Minister Fonseka as his speech had tarnished the image and reputation of the Ven. Thera. The minister also requested the Speaker not to allow any minister or MP to insult or humiliate Buddhist monks or any other religious leader hereafter adding that all the ministers and MPs should be advised to follow the same rules in this regard.

Mr. Rajapakshe said as the Buddhist Affairs Minister he had been both embarrassed and inconvenienced when attending meetings at Buddhist religious places during the past few days as a result of Minister Fonseka’s utterances. Most Buddhist monks who met him had informed him that it was unsuitable, unethical and immoral to insult and humiliate Buddhist monks in the country’s Parliament as a majority of the population were Buddhists. Minister Rajapakshe said the said speech should not have been included in the Hansard and that suitable action should be taken to remove it if it was already included.