CPC, NWPC spurn UNP’s Bill in Sri Lanka

CPC, NWPC spurn UNP’s Bill in Sri Lanka

SAM Staff,

The Development (Special Provisions) draft bill seeking to create super minister to override the powers of the provincial councils was rejected by two-more SLFP dominated Provincial Councils.

The Central Provincial Council (CPC) and the North Western Provincial Council (NWPC) spurned it on Tuesday.

The rejected draft bill was tabled by CPC Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake at a meeting Chaired by L. D. Nimalasiri (Chairman) at the headquarters of the Central Provincial Council at Pallekele.

Following a heated argument with the ruling UPFA group the members of the UNP-led opposition, numbering 14, staged a walkout.

However the SLFP led ruling group insisted that a vote should be taken on the motion.

The vote was taken and 32 members voted to reject the government’s proposed draft Bill. Four members of the ruling group abstained. They were R.G. Samaranayake from Kandy District and Sin Ponniah, Sridharar Somasundaram and Sivaguru Saraswathie from Nuwara Eliya district.

When the controversial Bill was taken up to a vote at the NWPC, it was rejected by 31 councillors while 11 supported it.

The draft bill has now been defeated by the Uva, North Central, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and North Western Provincial Councils while the Northern Provincial Council unanimously decided not to support it.

The Island