Tensions flare at Eastern Provincial Council meeting

Tensions flare at Eastern Provincial Council meeting

Written by Bella Dalima

17 Jun, 2014 | 9:53 pm

Tensions flared at the Eastern Provincial Council  on Tuesday when councillors from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress attempted to put forward a resolution on the incidents in Aluthgama and Beruwala.

The monthly sitting of the Eastern Provincial Council, commenced on Tuesday morning. UPFA Councillor Kandasamy Pushpakumara who was sworn in recently as a replacement was scheduled to address the council first.

During his address, he was interrupted by SLMC Group Leader A.L. Jameel who attempted to put forward a resolution on the situation in Aluthgama and Beruwala. Tensions flared at this instance and the sitting was postponed on three occasions as a result.

When the council was adjourned for the third time, two SLMC councillors walked out in protest taking the mace with them.The sergeant-at-arms and another councillor brought the mace back to the council and the sitting re-commenced.

When Kandasamy Pushpakumara attempted to address the council again, he was obstructed by SLMC councillors.

Therefore, the  Chairman of the Eastern Provincial Council, Ariyawathi Galappaththi decided to postpone te  sittings. The incident in Aluthgama and Beruwala was also brought up in a sitting of the Western Provincial Council on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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