State ministers Wimalaweera Dissanayake, Lohan Ratwatte and Piyankara Jayaratne were these absent ministers.
It is said that Wimalaweera Dissanayake had to leave soon after the ceremony to attend an urgent matter while Piyankara Jayaratne had missed it due to a communication issue. It is also reported that Lohan Ratwatte's phone had been switched off throught the day.
Why did Wijedasa decline ministerial portfolio?
According to reliable sources, Wijedasa Rajapaksa has turned down the State Ministerial post for Education, Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Education Promotion as only two subjects fell under the purview of this ministry.
Only the National Institute of Education and the National Commission are mentioned as the subject matter falling under the purview of this ministry.