Duminda joined Govt. to protect family business, personal interests – Attanayake

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 alleged yesterday.

"Business and personal interests have driven Mr. Silva to seek refuge in a corrupt government", he told The Island.

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 against Silva.

"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.



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