The Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike yesterday blamed Investment Promotion Minister Rohitha Bogollagama for holding a meeting with tourism representatives without consulting him and called it a violation of basic etiquette.
In a thundering letter sent to Minister Bogollagama, he reminded him that he is no more in the UNP and now in the SLFP and vowed to take up the matter with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
?Please remember that you are in the SLFP and not in the UNP,? he said.
?I am compelled to bring this unfortunate incident to the notice of the President.?
Blasting Minister Bogollagama for his unilateral intervention in matters relevant to his Ministry, he called it unacceptable and a deliberate violation of conventional cabinet practice and etiquette, of a basic sense of decency.
?I was surprised to read a report in the Financial Review of the `Daily Island` of a meeting you have had with representatives of the Tourism Industry on March 22, 2006,? Minister Bandaranaike said.
?The meeting, I am sure, would have been more fruitful and professional if only you had the good sense and discretion to consult me and interact with my Ministry on policy issues of direct concern to my Ministry.? he said. The copies of the letter have been sent to the President and the Prime Minister.