Nation Building Minister Basil?

Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa is tipped to fill the vacant post created by the demise of non-Cabinet Irrigation Minister Anver Ismail, reliably government learns.

It is understood that several high-ranking government ministers have approached Minister A.L.M. Athaullah, hoping to secure the national list slot for Rajapaksa. Ismail was a member of the Athaullah faction which broke away from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress a few years back.

Reliably learns that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to give his brother the Nation Building Ministry, which comes under his purview at present.