Public Security and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga assumed duties as Chief Government Whip in Parliament yesterday (19).
Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister and Leader of the House of Parliament Dinesh Gunawardena, Education and Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana, Mass Media Minister Nalaka Godahewa were present.
According to the history of Parliament, the first Parliamentarian to hold the post of Chief Government Whip was R.S.N Gunawardena. A.E Gunasinghe, C.W.W. Kannangara, W.J.C. Munasinghe, J.D. Weerasekera, S.K.K. Sooriyarachchi, M.P.D.Z. Siriwardena, J.R. Jayewardene, K.B Ratnayake, Vincent Perera, Dr. Wimal Wickramasinghe, Richard Pathirana, Reggie Ranatunga, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Dinesh Gunawardena, Gayantha Karunatilake and Johnston Fernando have previously held the post of Chief Government Whip.
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga is also the son of Reggie Ranatunga who previously held this post. He is an alumnus of Ananda College and has previously served as the Chief Minister of the Western Province.
After assuming duties, Ranatunga stated that his intention was to serve in the relevant post in accordance with the Constitution, while also protecting Parliamentary traditions.
He also pointed out that the Government is taking all possible and necessary steps to move the country forward while maintaining the confidence of the people in the current situation.
Meanwhile, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has been appointed as the Leader of the House in the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament with effect from Monday (18), the Speaker announced in Parliament yesterday.