The new building of the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) Orugodawatte, was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Chandima Weerakkody and ministers A.H.M. Fowzie, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala including the recently sacked Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando were present. Picture by Sudath Silva.

Former Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday morning and pledged his support to the SLFP, Co-Cabinet spokesperson, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

“Sometimes certain actions are necessary to make things right”, quipped the minister addressing the weekly media briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday.

Fernando was sacked from his position by President Sirisena on Tuesday for having breached collective responsibility in government.

Soon after his dismissal, the former Deputy Minister declared that he would leave the government and work to change the status quo.

Several other SLFP deputy ministers and ministers have also reportedly threatened to leave the government but Jayasekara said they have had no such indications from the SLFP faction in government,

“We had a meeting with SLFP ministers and deputy ministers Tuesday night and discussed strategies to restructure the party and to build our base in an upcoming elections. All members actively voiced their support and promised to go to their districts and work for the uplift of the party”, he said.

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