Son’s failure to be CM won’t make PM revolt against party – UPFA



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By Shamindra Ferdinando


Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena react as the media questioned Minister John Seneviratne regarding Premier D. M. Jayaratne and his son, Anuradha challenging the decision to appoint Sarath Ekanayake as the Chief Minister of the Central Province in spite of the Premier’s son polling the higest preferential votes in the Kurunegala District (Pic by Kamal Bogoda)


Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne has assured he won’t protest against a decision taken by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the party to deny his son, Anuradha, the Chief Ministership of the Central Province.


Addressing the media at the SLFP headquarters yesterday, Minister John Seneviratne quoted Premier Jayaratne as having told him that there was absolutely no basis for media reports that he and his son, Anuradha, who polled the highest number of preferential votes in the Kandy district at the recently concluded PC polls, had joined a protest march on Thursday.


Minister Seneviratne and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha said that decisions taken by the party on appointments was final and protests weren’t acceptable.


When the journalists pointed out that Premier Jayaratne’s office, soon after the release of results, went to the extent of issuing a statement highlighting Anuradha’s qualifications to assume the Chief Minister’s post, Premjayantha said that both Premier’s son and Minister Johnston Fernando’s son had not asked for any positions. Minister Fernando’s son contested the Kurunegala district, where he came a distant second to Dayasiri Jayasekera.


Premjayantha said that the young politicians had campaigned well and polled a substantial number of votes. The minister rejected allegations that they had been treated unfairly. When the media pointed out that Speaker Chamal Rajapakse’s son, Shashindra had been made the Chief Minister of the Uva Province in spite of being a novice, Premjayantha said that he had been made the UPFA’s chief ministerial candidate in the run-up to that poll.


The UPFA had the prerogative of either making its chief ministerial candidates known at the time of nominations or doing so after elections, he said, decling to comment on the possibility of Shashindra Rajapaksa being named the Uva Chief Ministerial candidate at the next PC polls in mid next year.


Minister Premjayantha said that the PC polls for the Western Province would be held before the Sinhala New Year followed by Uva and the Southern Province. Both Premjayantha and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena said that the change of UNP leadership wouldn’t make it difficult for the SLFP-led UPFA at the future elections. They insisted the UNP posed no threat at all with various factions fighting among themselves for control.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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