Jayantha Ketagoda resigns to make way for Basil to enter Parliament

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda has resigned from his MP post to make way for former Minister Basil Rajapaksa to enter Parliament.

SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said that Ketagoda handed over his resignation letter to Parliament.

The Parliament media unit confirmed that Ketagoda had handed over his resignation letter to Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake.

Basil Rajapaksa was set to take oaths as an MP today but the move was delayed following a rift in the Government over Rajapaksa’s entry to Parliament.

SLPP MP, Professor Ranjith Bandara was earlier expected to step down to make way for Basil Rajapaksa to return to Parliament.

Rajapaksa is also expected to be appointed as a Minister in the Cabinet.

Basil Rajapaksa left for the US in May on a private visit and returned to the country recently.

There were reports he went for medical reasons while others said it was on a family matter.

However, there was also speculation that he left following a rift with his brothers in the Government. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Surely, Jayantha Ketagoda got an impressive deal to resign to make another culprit to become a minister without getting elected by the people. Earlier, a professor was ready to give up his seat for Basil Rajapaksa. I would not call them professors because intellectuals would not accept corrupt deals, but serve the people sincerely. This fools are not even equal to the dust of Professor Abdul Kalam’s shoes.

    • Come on Antany, what’s the matter with you ? If Basil doesn’t come back, who will be qualified to be the petrol pump attendant and fill ministers cars ? Imagine the traffic jam if all those luxury vehicles run out of petrol on the grounds of parliament.

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