Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Rajitha’s loose cigarettes go up in smoke


The subtle hint President Maithripal­a Sirisena delivered at last Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting amused those present.

He declared that the United National Front (UNF) or the United National Party ( UNP) should have one position and speak in one voice.

The occasion was a memorandum by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to ban the sale of loose cigarettes.

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweer­a intervened to say that the Treasury would lose revenue if that proposal was carried out. Hence, he wanted it stalled.

Sirisena declared they should come back with their decision at an upcoming meeting of the cabinet.

It appears that not only the National Unity coalition speaks with two voices, but even one of its partner’s does.

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