Tempers flare at Maharagama UC session over new appointments

Tempers flare at Maharagama UC session over new appointments

Written by Staff Writer

08 Jun, 2018 | 2:20 am

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Today’s (June 7) sitting of the Maharagama Urban Council ended in scuffles.The situation escalated when the Opposition expressed their objections to the appointment of six members from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

While the nomination list presented by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected at the recently concluded local government polls, the party backed the candidates from independent group two, who contested under the symbol of the motorbike.

However, it was later revealed that all members of the winning party, barring two, were residents of other localities. When the inaugural session of the Council took place on the 4th of April, Tiraj Lakruwan Piyarathne of the independent group was elected Mayor of Maharagama.

Following these developments, six members of the Independent group resigned, making way for 6 members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pramuna to take their place. The group, including former Mayor Kanthi Kodikara, were sworn in at the residence of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after which they arrived at the urban coucil.

Apart from Kanthi Kodikara, Chithrani Sugathapala, Revathi Mangalika Sigera, Savithri Gunasekara, Dinethri Kiara Jayasekara and Inoka Anuradha were nominated on behalf of the Podujana Peramuna.

However, the United National Party raised objections citing that the appointments were not made in the right manner, leading to an uneasy situation when a few opposition members attempted to meet the chairman of the council. The police eventually had to intervene in order to control the situation.

Writing by Keshala Dias…

 

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