The appointment of Dallas Alahapperuma to the SLFP national list slot that fell vacant following the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar has reportedly caused a stir among some party members.
The Daily Mirror learns that Borella SLFP organiser and President Mahinda Rajapakse`s former advisor, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, who pinned hopes on the post, had personally told Mr. Allahapperuma that it was ?not done? for him to accept the offer.
An angry Mr. Premachandra had reportedly told a close confidant that it was he who did the hard work for President Rajapakse`s victory but Mr. Alahapperuma who was out of the country then was given the nod.
Mr. Alahapperuma ? a close confidant of President Rajapakse and former Deputy Minister of Samurdhi, however was a popular figure in the Matara district after having scored over SLFP strongman Mangala Samaraweera at the 1994 general election. He left for the United States without contesting the 2000 election.
He returned to the country, ahead of the recent Presidential election and played a key role in Mr. Rajapakse`s campaign. Mr. Alahapperuma is likely to get the Media or Deputy Defence Minister portfolio on Monday.
But Mr. Premachandra has insisted that the post should have been given to a member who contested elections.
Kesbewa SLFP Organiser and former Urban Development Deputy Minister Chandana Kathriarchchi who was also among those in the running for the slot had reportedly said he was left out due to the government`s alliance with the JVP.