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Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga

Wrong Prasanna Ranatunga?

Chief Minister

Western Provincial Council

Employment History

  • Co-Chair
  • Chief Minister
    Western Province
  • Minister of Education
    Western Province
  • Western Province Chief Minister


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Web References
Sri Lanka Political News - Political Forum, 27 July 2015 [cached]
Commenting on the FCID questioning of Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga over a land deal, Premajayantha said the sub-committee should take the responsibility for these inquiries.
Prasanna Ranatunga, Chief ..., 23 Sept 2014 [cached]
Prasanna Ranatunga, Chief Minister of Western Province in Sri Lanka and Co-Chair of nrg4SD said: "Regional and sub-national governments are responsible for practical delivery and real life solutions, putting climate policies in place that impact directly on GHG emissions.
Pitiduwe Siridhamma Thera, Soma ..., 9 Mar 2014 [cached]
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. He soon changed his tone in an attempt to control the damage.
"Well, the next chief minister could be anyone. Maybe he's 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.
Speaking further Mr. Ranatunga ... [cached]
Speaking further Mr. Ranatunga said there are 56 students in a class in certain schools and in certain schools students are kept in classes without entering their names in the attendance register.
Also, 12 principals of popular schools in Colombo have been interdicted due to various irregularities committed said the Chief Minister. Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga is also the Minister of Education for Western Province.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wimal Weerawansa, ..., 5 Mar 2015 [cached]
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wimal Weerawansa, Prasanna Ranatunga and Nimal Siripala
One person who has got into serious trouble due to his affiliations with the Pro-Rajapaksa camp is Prasanna Ranatunga, Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council. Ranatunga was also among the SLFP group who took part in the rally which was held at Nugegoda to support the former President. Following this move, a group of UPFA members representing the Western Provincial Council have embarked on a mission to oust Ranatunga and appoint Ranjith Somawansa as the new Chief Minister of the province. Somawansa has now turned into a supporter of Maithripala - Nimal Siripala group of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Commenting on this move, Western Province Chief Minister Ranatunga said that he was aware of moves to remove him of the Chief Ministerial position in the Western Provincial Council. "However, these moves will not be successful," he added.
Ranatunga also said that there was a move by the opposition to collect affidavits from Provincial Councillors, which had not been successful. Later, the UNP and some members of the UPFA had apparently started conspiring to replace Ranatunga with a UPFA member. However it will not succeed as he has the backing of the majority of the council and his party, he said.
Ranatunga was the same person who said a few weeks ago that a 'new face' should be the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the SLFP. The circumstances which led to his political somersault are still unclear.
Meanwhile, 15 heads of local government bodies in Gampaha District held a press conference last week, pledging their support to Ranatunga. They said that Ranatunga was their leader in the province and if he is removed it will be a step towards destroying the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
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