Eastern Provincial Council in crisis: Members boycott sessions

Eastern PC      The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) has run into a crisis with 20 members of the ruling party (UPFA), including the four Ministers, boycotting sessions demanding the postponement of the Northern PC polls until the Governor and the Chief Minister are replaced and the administrative infrastructure restored.

Wimalaweera Dissanayake, Provincial Minister of Education and a longstanding member of the SLFP from the Ampara district, yesterday confirmed that all 20 members of the ruling party in the Council, including the Provincial Ministers have decided to boycott sessions.

There is a total breakdown of the activities of the EPC as a result of the negative actions of the Governor and the Chief Minister, he said. Attempts to contact the Governor, Rear Admiral (Retd) Mohan Wijewickrema, failed. An aide said the Governor is not in a position to comment on the developments.

Last Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting of the Council could not be held as scheduled as the four Provincial Ministers and all other members of the ruling party boycotted it on an unanimously decision. They had taken up the position that they cannot continue to function in a Council where the Governor does not allocate funds nor implement decision of the Ministers or members, sources said.


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