Accordingly, he is to be given the portfolio of Eastern Rehabilitation. It is stated that Kamala Ranatunga, the present MP of UPFA appointed to Parliament through the national list, has been asked to resign from her post to accommodate Pilleyan.
The government has taken this decision to prevent Pilleyan from leaving the government alliance. Pilleyan was unsuccessful in his bid to become the chief minister for Eastern PC. The President made him an advisor to him to prevent Pilleyan moving out of the alliance.