SLFP to challenge appointment of Harin as Uva CM again


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The SLFP yesterday said that it would file a fresh petition against the appointment of Harin Fernando as the Chief Minister of Uva Provincial Council, as the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had the majority in that council.

Addressing the media at the party head office UPFA General Secretary and SLFP National Organiser Susil Premajayantha said that the Court of Appeal had dismissed former Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapakasa’s petition on some procedural shortcomings.

"We have four more members than the UNP, but Opposition Leader Fernando was sworn in as CM as four of our councillors handed over affidavits to the Governor pledging their support to Fernando," he said adding that the Governor should have consulted the Attorney General in such an instance and he could not change the Chief Minister in terms of the Constitution.

Premajayantha said there were moves to grab power by the UNP in other Provincial Councils, too, while the UPFA had the absolute majority in seven Provincial Councils except in the Northern and Eastern PCs.

He said that in Parliament, too, the UPFA had the majority of 138 members. The SLFP had 120 parliamentarians, while the UNP had only 49 MPs. Accordingly, either UPFA or SLFP had the majority in Parliament, but the UNP had formed the government with its leader as the Prime Minister while talking about good governance.

"We support only the 100-day programme of President Maithripala Sirisena and we are ready for a general election any time after April 23," Premajayantha said, adding that they would definitely obtain the majority in Parliament again at the next general election.

Colombo District MP Thilanga Sumathipala also participated in the media conference.

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