Written by Staff Writer
29 Apr, 2014 | 9:04 pm
Local politicians using unorthodox modes of transport to attend council meetings is not an uncommon sight in Sri Lanka.
The Chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council made an entrance at the council meeting held on Tuesday by arriving in a tractor belonging to the council. He charges that the Deputy Chairman of the Council who for a while functioned as the Acting Chairman, is yet to hand over the Chairman’s official vehicle.
Anju Perera assumed duties as the new Chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council, on Monday.
However, since the Chairman’s official vehicle has not been handed over to him, he opted to use a garbage tractor belonging to the council, to attend the council meeting held on Tuesday.
While the former Chairman of the council, lost his position as a result of the council’s budget being defeated on two occasions, the Deputy Chairman Shammika Dias, functioned as Acting Chairman of the Council for over three and a half months.
However, he was overlooked when it came to the appointing of a new chairman, with the position going to council member Anju Perera.
Speaking in this regard, Deputy Chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council, Shammika Dias said,
“We were not aware of him having assumed duties as the Chairman. Even today we do not know whether he has assumed duties or not. There has been no announcement by the Urban Council or the party regarding his appointment.”
Chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council, Anju Perera said,
“The Deputy Chairman used the official vehicle prior to this, but neither the Deputy Chairman nor the Acting Chairman has the right to use that vehicle. In fact, from a legal perspective, if this matter is taken to the police it will become a major issue.”
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