Maheepala Herath, next Chief Ministerial candidate
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to field incumbent Chief
Minister Maheepala Herath as the next Chief Ministerial candidate at the
forthcoming Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections as well, said
Provincial Lands, Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Sri Lal
“The UPFA will win the next Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council election
too with a two third majority of members,” he said at a Provincial
Council meeting at the Council auditorium on Tuesday. Council Chairman
Ranjith Bandara presided. UNP member Samitha Atygalle tabled a motion
calling for the strengthening of the Provincial Council system by fully
activating the powers vested on Provincial Councils by the 13th
amendment to the Constitution.
He said that all should work as one group to protest the Provincial
Council System. UNP member Nihal Farook seconded the motion. UPFA member
Ajith Shaminda said he would commend the UNP members if they brought
about this motion with good intentions. JVP member Pushpakumara
Dissanayake said the Provincial Council system had proved to be a
Provincial Minister Sri Lal Wickremasinghe winding up the debate on
behalf of the grieving party said he wished to pay tribute to late
President J R Jayewardene for introducing the Provincial Council System
which opened a path for the small man to undertake a long journey in the
sphere of politics.
He condemned the JVP for condemning the Provincial Council while
depending on it for its political existence.
He said the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council had been able to
accomplish a great amount of work in the social and economic development
spheres in the Kegalle and Ratnapura districts. Although an MP receives
only Rs 5 million per year as decentralized budget funds, a member of
the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council received a larger slice of funds
including those in the opposition.