Cader is not afraid of UNP disciplinary inquiries

Kandy District UNF MP, Abdul Cader yesterday said that he was not scared of any disciplinary inquiry by the UNP for voting to extend Emergency in Parliament on Wednesday (May 5).

Cader was the only UNF MP to vote for the Emergency.

UNF’s Nuwara-Eliya District MP, Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam of the Citizens Front and UNF’s Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Mrs. Maheswaran, too, were present in Parliament, though they did not vote. The other UNF MPs staged a walk-out at the time of voting.

Cader is another disgruntled UNP MP, who had even met President Rajapaksa before the Emergency debate. He told The Island that he had discussed the current political situation with President Rajapaksa and his (Cader’s) thinking on the emergency and the vote, but he had not been told to join the UPFA government.

However, Cader is expected to cross over to government and be Deputy Media and Information Minister.

Cader told The Island that he had been a member of the UNP for 50 years and an MP for 21 years representing Galagedera, Nawalapitiya and Gampola electorates.

The UNP had first agreed not to nominate more than two Muslims for the Kandy District (Cader and Haleem), but the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem, too, had been nominated.

Cader said: "Several UNP Parliamentarians are disappointed, though they are not coming out with their view openly for fear of victimisation. That was the reason why a vote for all office-bearers posts was suggested and accepted by the Working Committee last week."

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