The reason behind National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa not receiving a ministerial portfolio is due to a condition laid down by the founder of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Basil Rajapaksa, internal sources of the government said.
Basil had stressed that any person with on going court cases should not accept posts in the new government until they are acquitted in the court of law. Basil had further stated that the same condition applies to him as well.
He had also explained the need to clear themselves from court cases that were filed as part of political revenge under the good governance regime and had requested senior government officials including Lalith Weeratunga and Gamini Senarath to not take any posts until such time.
However, several leaders of the National Freedom Front have requested Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to give Wimal Weerawansa a cabinet portfolio immediately .