Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, brother of the President, has summoned the Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne's son Anuradha Jayaratne who got the highest preferential votes in the recently held Central Provincial Council election, to his Ministry and has promised that he would be getting the Chief Minister post in the Central Provincial Council.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has informed that there would not be any need for the Prime Minister to resign in order for his son to become the Chief Minister.
Calling the UPFA Secretary Minister Susil Premajayanth after that, Minister Rajapaksa has informed him to propose the name of Anuradha Jayaratne for the CM post in the Central Provincial Council at the oncoming UPFA party leaders meeting.
However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had previously decided not to give the Chief Minister post to anyone despite preferences, if in case a close relative of the candidate is representing the Cabinet.
But, on the contrary to his own policy, he appointed Shashindra Rajapaksa, son of President's elder brother, as the CM in Uva Province when he got the highest preferences form the election, despite the fact that his father was a Cabinet Minister at that time.