That Mr Weerawansa’s remarks stirred a hornet’s nest is to put it mildly. After all, the SLPP had been built on the sweat and toil of Basil Rajapaksa, its principal strategist. A top government leader sent Mr Weerawansa an emissary asking him to politely withdraw the remarks or face the consequences. He was adamant. Social media had a field day. Cartoonists lampooned the Minister, who gave up his Apple i-Pad after turning anti-American and switched to a Samsung tab. The criticism, severe as it was, was both political and personal.
A remark made by Minister Wimal Weerawansa in an interview to a Sunday newspaper stirred up a mini cyclone in the SLPP-led Government. The clash between the Government and Wimal goes back to the deal of East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port.