by Zacki Jabbar
Western Provincial Council UNP member Duminda
Silva, has crossed over to the government to protect his family
business interests and also in the hope that allegations against
him will not be pursued, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake
"Business and personal interests have driven Mr.
Silva to seek refuge in a corrupt government", he told The
It is ironic that a government which has been
calling Duminda Silva a corrupt and unruly person suddenly
decides to accept him into their fold, Attanayake said.
Silva, has struck a deal to restore the recently
cancelled licence of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private
Limited, which is owned by his brother, he alleged.
ABC Limited lost its broadcasting licence after
the government accused it of transmitting false security
information. The matter is now pending before Court.
Attanayake said that the UNP Working Committee
will meet after the conclusion of the Budget to
decide on the course of action to be pursued
"We will now be forced to review our cooperation
with the UPFA in the Western Provincial Council."
With the JVP opposing the UPFA in the WPC it has
turned to the UNP to keep its administration afloat. Silva’s
crossover has set the stage for an interesting power struggle.