A tense situation reported at Western Provincial Council session

A tense situation reported at Western Provincial Council session

A tense situation reported at Western Provincial Council session

Written by Staff Writer

04 Oct, 2016 | 10:33 pm

A tense situation was reported at the Western Provincial Council session on Tuesday, October 04,following a motion being presented against the statement made by the Chief Minister of the Northern province, C.V. Vigneswaran.

Presenting the motion, opposition councillors alleged that the Northern Chief Minister had made a racist statement.

Ruling party councillors called for a debate on the matter and vote was held.

The debate commenced, following the ruling party obtaining 38 votes while the opposition obtained 30 votes.Opposition councillors stood from their seats in protest and left the chamber thereafter.

However, the JVP councillors remained in the chamber.
Opposition Leader Manju Sri Arangala said, “… we are not aware of this statement, as a group we have made a decision. The president and the prime minister are also against inciting racism …”

Western Provincial Councillor Susil Kindelpitiya said,that the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s gang raises their hands when a racist motion is being presented, therefore the chief minister and his group and those who support President Maithripala Sirisena will also raise their hands in support.

“The chief minister appointed by the president is raising his hand for the motion presented by the gang of Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to this motion the president is a racist. If this matter is to be resolved, the chief minister must step out …”, he added.

He went on to note, although the opposition councillors voiced their protest from outside the chambers, the ruling party councillors and the JVP councillors engaged in the debate.
UPFA Western Provincial Councillor Susara Dinal said that Chief Minister Vigneswaran translated his statement to Sinhala and makes a request to not wrongly interpret his statement.

“I do not agree 100 percent with the statement made by C.V. Vigneswaran”, he added.

He went on to note that political representatives appearing on behalf of various communities are two tongued persons, on most occasions.

Susara Dinal said, “President Maithripala Sirisena released the LTTE terrorist who attempted to assassinate him, in order to spread his concept of reconciliation among the tamil people. He released terror suspects. He hopes to enhance reconciliation through this. The President cannot do this alone. When the UNP and other political parties point fingers at others branding them racists, they aspire to only increase their voter bases …”

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