Uva PC to be dissolved after June 12?

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The government is expected to dissolve the Uva Provincial Council (PC) after June 12 to seek a fresh mandate from the people, senior SLFP sources said.

The poll will be concluded before the budget 2015 scheduled for early November , the sources indicated.

The incumbent Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, the eldest son of Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and a nephew of the President, who received a record 136,697 preferential votes in 2009, is the most popular UPFA choice for a second term, the sources said.

The SLFP, the main constituent of the UPFA government, has expressed confidence the party will be able to reverse the negative trend visible at the recent Western and Southern PC elections, they said.

The government has taken a step forward by interacting with the people of the province, elected members and government officials under a campaign spearheaded by SLFP National Organizer, Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, which was launched on May 24 from the Badulla district.The campaign will move to the Moneragala district and continue until district June 7, Rajapaksa said.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, MP, said party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa, MP, together with parliamentarians and activists were now campaigning in the Moneragala district.

JVP Propaganda Secretary, parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the Front has launched its campaign in Uva with former leader, Somawansa Amarasinghe initiating a cordial discourse with Veddah chieftain, Uruwarige Wannielattho at Dambana.

He said that former JVP MP, Samantha Waidyaratne was leading the campaigning in the Badulla district, while ex Uva PC members, Sugath Balalla and W. M. Jayawardena spearheading work in the Badulla and Moneragala districts. They were supported by General Secretary, Tilvin Silva and many other former parliamentarians.

The Leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Sarath Fonseka and party activists were also campaigning in the Moneragala district on Friday. The DP expressed confidence of securing a minimum three seats from the district.

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