Pitiduwe Siridhamma Thera, Soma Edirisinghe, Prasanna Ranatunga and Dr. Harsha de Silva
However, ending months of speculation, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Leader of Gampaha district and one of the most influential members of the government, openly announced that Prasanna Ranatunga would be appointed as the Chief Minister of the Western Province after the March 29th election.
When Premjayantha made this remark, Prasanna Ranatunga, former Western Province Chief Minister was sitting next to him.
After a few minutes, Premjayantha too realized that Ranatunga was in an inconvenient position.
soon changed his
tone in an attempt to control the damage.
"Well, the next chief minister could be anyone.
sitting here today, among us," Premjayantha said.
However, it is crystal clear that despite Minister Basil Rajapaksa's assurance to Prasanna Ranatunga, two former ministers of the Western Province namely Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila and Upali Kodikara have still not given up their Chief Ministerial hopes.