The left party alliance is pushing for a Cabinet portfolio for Vasudeva Nanayakkara, who re-entered parliament from the Ratnapura District.
A spokesman for the alliance says Nanayakkara should not be denied a ministerial portfolio. Yesterday, the alliance made representations to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Vasu s appointment.
Sources said that the appeal had been made jointly by the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, The Lanka Sama Samaja Party, the Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya, the Democratic Left Alliance and the Deshavimukthi Janatha Peramua.
Of the 13 candidates fielded by the five-party alliance only three, including Nanayakkara were elected at the April 8 general election. The CP and LSSP received one National List seat each. Sources said that if Nanayakkara, too, received a ministerial portfolio, the five party alliance could secure three Cabinet posts if the CP and the LSSP, received a ministerial portfolio each.
Responding to a query by The Island, government sources pointed out that it would not be reasonable to expect three Cabinet portfolios for a five-member parliamentary group.
Other constituent partners of the SLFP-led ruling coalition are unlikely to receive more than one ministry each. Both JHU and National Front (NFF) have only three MPs each. Both parties will receive one Cabinet post each. Sources said that the CWC, which received four seats (three from Nuwara Eliya and one National seat for the Party President Muththu Sivalingham), too, would receive one Cabinet post. The EPDP, which won three seats from Jaffna, would receive one ministry.
The Sri Lanka National Congress and the Up country People s Front, which also contested on the UPFA ticket failed to win any seat.
Sources said that an angry NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa had told colleagues that the government had deprived NFF National List nominee, M. Musammil of a seat in the seventh parliament, though he had risked his life to expose an internationally backed conspiracy oust President Rajapaksa. Sources said that Weerawansa might not accept a Cabinet portfolio in protest.
The NFF leader will meet the press at his head office at Batatramulla today at 11.00 a.m. to explain his position.
Sources pointed out that all constituent partners of the UPFA had been given one National List seat each. The NFF fielded 15 candidates, but only two, including Weerawansa, retained their seats.