The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) expressed bitterness over the denial of a Cabinet portfolio to its leader in recognition of the role the Trotskyists played in the hustings to ensure the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) cantered home with an overwhelming majority.
“We actively supported the SLPP’s hectic parliamentary polls campaign in anticipation of a Cabinet slot just as much as the other constituent parties”, LSSP sources said.
“While the other partners in the alliance have been rewarded for their efforts, we have been left out in the cold”, the sources complained.
The LSSP was targeting the Science and Technology Cabinet portfolio for the party’s leader Prof. Tissa Vitarana, a position he held during the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency.
Though there is speculation that Vitarana will be absorbed into the Cabinet later as the portfolio still remains vacant, LSSP sources said there has been no official intimation so far on a pending appointment.