The internal clashes between the UNP and the SLFP ministers in ‘yahapalana’ government are spilling out at present say reports.
An immediate example is the clash between the Minister of of Petroleum Resources Development Chandima Weerakkody and the Minister of Finance say sources. The Minister of Finance has increased the tax for fuel by Rs.10.00 without any discussion with Minister Weerakkody.
Despite many in the government attempting to prevent the news of the clash from spilling out, Minister Chandima Weerakkody has opposed the move in public. Earlier a serious clash developed between Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayaka and the Minister of Finance regarding the move by the Minister of Finance to arbitrarily take over funds belonging to the Ministry of Plantation Industries. Minister Navin Dissanayaka opposing the move has said if the funds are taken over he would resign from his ministerial portfolio.
While many UNP ministers oppose the Minister of Finance, several SLFP ministers too have expressed their opposition to the Finance Minister.