In a sudden move, Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, who took oaths under the current Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Deputy Minister of his earlier portfolios a few days ago, backtracked and resigned from his position yesterday (6), citing international recognition of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as being the legitimate Prime Minister of the country.
Issuing a resignation letter, addressed to President Sirisena, Nanayakkara stated that from now on he will accept the Speaker’s statement and accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister who has the majority in the Parliament.
Nanayakkara stated that the President was well aware that the international community doesn’t recognize the so-called Government where they took oath, thus the disapproval of the international community had moved his democratic conscience and he had discussions with his political affiliates and his followers had in turn decided not to support such illegal and unconstitutional acts.
He noted that the last couple of days have been politically turbulent for Sri Lanka, especially when President Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa as the Premier and prorogued Parliament.
Quoting the Speaker’s statement – “As the majority is of the opinion that all changes made in the Parliament are undemocratic and inconsistent with the traditions of the Parliament and as the majority of the Parliament have requested that the status that existed before these changes were made should be accepted, I wish to emphasize that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament.” Nanayakkara stated that these ramifications made him to consider resigning from the Deputy Ministerial position and accept Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister.
"I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that the mandate you got on 8 January of 2015, and the subsequent National Government that was formed was very clearly to eradicate such abuse of power and undemocratic acts. As such, I tender forthwith my letter of resignation, in keeping with my democratic political conscience and belief," he added.
Addressing the media, at the Premier’s Office in Colombo, Soysa claimed that Nanayakkara, who crossed over to the United National Party (UNP), of having handed in his resignation letter which had been allegedly written in English by some unknown party to President Maithripala Sirisena, had then gone on a foreign tour to Singapore with his family.
He alleged that Nanayakkara who had crossed over as he had been offered more than what had attracted him to join Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa in the first place. “It is very clear that the former Premier had offered him the foreign trip.
Attempts were being made to bribe UNP Members and those who have crossed over with foreign trips. The Wickremasinghe travel agency is doing well these days,” he further claimed.
Elsewhere, an Immigration and Emigration official at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, confirmed that Nanayakkara had left for Singapore during the early hours of yesterday morning. He left on flight S.Q. 402 of Singapore Airlines.