JVP blasts Govt. over nomination for disgraced NWPC member’s nephew


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP yesterday flays the government for giving nominations to disgraced ex-NWP councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara’s nephew to contest the North–Western Provincial Council elections.

JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said Ananda Sarath Kumara had resigned from the NWPC after being accused of having forced a lady teacher, at the Nawagaththegama Novodya School, to kneel down before him.

Sarath Kumara’s nephew, Bopitiyage Nilantha Wimalaweera, signed the nomination papers at the Presidential Secretariat on Sunday night before UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha.

Herath said that the government had wanted to give nomination to Sarath Kumara who was re– remanded by the Anamaduwa Magistrate last week over violating the bail conditions, but could not do it due to public protests.

However, the government had now decided to field his nephew so that Ananda Sarath Kumara could later get the seat by getting his nephew to resign, MP Herath said.

Herath said that in the Provincial Council system, an elected member could resign so that an ‘outsider’ could be appointed to the vacant seat.

Former Chief Minister of the Uva Provincial Council Samaraweera Weerawanni had fielded his wife at the election as he had a court case at the time, but later he had been appointed to the Council as the CM after his wife resigned, the JVP MP said, adding that once the wife of the former North-Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake had done the same thing and Dissanayake had been appointed chief minister after his wife’s resignation.

The government was playing the same trick again, MP Herath said.

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