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Navin quits ministerial post

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Minister Navin Dissanayake has resigned from his Ministerial portfolio and from all positions held under the Government.  Ministry of State Administration and Reforms and the organizer for Nuwara-eliya were the posts he held under the government. 

UPFA Parliamentarian, Navin Dissanayake, has conveyed this to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in letter addressed to him, reports say. He has alleged three reasons for resignation. He states that he had not been given the means to fulfill the needs of the rural community in the Kandy district, whereas other community leaders were provided with resources and allowed to create jobs. He says, his resignation comes after his numerous grievances fell on deaf ears.

Second reason, he adduces is he wants the abolition of the Executive Presidency. He states that his late father Gamini Dissanayake, along with the late Lalith Athulathmudali had wanted the Executive Presidency abolished in 1990, with it being a key part of his policy statement ahead of the 1994 presidential elections. Even though this very same point, the abolishment of the Executive Presidency, was promised in the Mahinda Chinthanaya, this promise has not been  fulfilled. Finally, he points out an anomaly discovered in a coal deal for a power plant in the country. 

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