Sunny Side Up: Basil’s return postponed? 

The return of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa, who left the country for the US on 12 May on a private visit, is yet unclear. 

Government sources earlier stated that Basil was likely to return to the island on 5 June. 

However, it is now believed that Basil has postponed his return date and is likely to return to the country during the end of the month. 

Following Basil’s departure to the US, there was speculation that his visit was aimed at receiving medical treatment. However, Minister Namal Rajapaksa publicly stated that Basil was in good health and was engaged in a private visit. Other government members stated that Basil had visited the US to see his new-born grandchild. 

Basil heads two key presidential task forces and he is reportedly attending to official work via zoom.