Written by Staff Writer
30 Dec, 2013 | 12:28 am
The Opposition Leader of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha and a member of the Pradeshiya Sabha, lodged a complaint with the Homagama Police on Sunday.
The complainants claim that threats are being made against opposition members of the Pradeshiya Sabha to prevent them from participating in the vote on the Pradeshiya Sabha budget which is due to take place on Monday.
The first round of voting on the budget of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha ended in a tense situation on December 11. Subsequently the Local Government Commissioner of the Western Province decreed that the vote was invalid. When another vote on the budget was held on the 23rd of this month, it was defeated by two votes.
The second round of voting is due to take place today. Against this backdrop, the Opposition Leader and another member of the Pradeshiya Sabha lodged a complaint with the Homagama Police on Monday, claiming that there are attempts to prevent them from participating in the vote.
Speaking to Newsfirst, the Opposition Leader of the Homagama PS, Aruna Panagoda said,
“For several days now we have been continuously receiving threats demanding that we do not participate in the vote on the budget. We informed the HQI of police regarding this and requested that we be provided with a security detail to enable us to participate in the vote on the budget. If the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Group of the Pradeshiya Sabha is being threatened for some reason we believe that the government and the Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabha should bear the responsibility for this.
When Newsfirst contacted the Chairman of the Homagama PS, A. D. Kumarasiri, he had this to say
“These are all lies.”
He further said,
“I was assaulted and I was in the hospital for five days. They assaulted me with chairs and with their hands. Pradeshiya Sabha members were involved in this. No one can say no. Even after that, I did not raise my hand to strike anyone. If I did not even assault one of my own party supporters, then where are these accusations of death threats coming from?.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabha, Indika Koralage is still holding to his stance.
“At the budget vote tomorrow, the majority of members of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha expect to take a strong decision regarding the thievery, fraud and corruption that is taking place in the Pradeshiya Sabha. This is because the Chairman’s power is being used in fraud, embezzlement and corruption.”
Over the past several days, reports were received of numerous instances where local government representatives were obstructed when attempting to participate in the votes on the budgets of their respective local government institutions.
While the budget of the Bentota Pradeshiya Sabha was passed on December 27 in the second round of voting, a JVP member of the Pradeshiya Sabha alleged that an individual had delayed him from attending the Pradeshiya Sabha session.
While the budget of the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha was passed in the second round of voting on the 17th of this month, the Deputy Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabha alleged that he was deprived the opportunity of participating in the budget vote.
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