CM appointment in line with pre-polls agreement
Colombo: The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday
reiterated that the appointment of the Chief Minister of the Eastern
province will be made in line with the agreement reached by parties
supporting the UPFA prior to the provincial council poll.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, SLFP Assistant
Secretary Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said there was no change in their
earlier stance that the party which obtains the highest number of seats
will be entitled to nominate the Chief Minister.
"According to the final result of the election, the Tamil Makkal
Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) has emerged with the highest number of seats.
However, in my view, the question as to who becomes Chief Minister has
no more significance than the issue created about Ranil Wickremesinghe's
helicopter during the election campaign."
Alahapperuma stated that the important question one should consider
was what made it possible for the Government to hold elections and
establish democracy in the East. "It was the breakaway of Karuna and
Pillayan from the LTTE on one hand, and the bravery of our Armed Forces
on the other that created conditions conducive for the establishment of
democracy in the East.
Therefore the President will appoint the Eastern Chief Minister
according to democratic values in recognition of these facts".
Questioned about the reported tussle between the parties who backed
the UPFA regarding the appointment of the Chief Minister, Alahapperuma
pointed out that TMVP Leader Pillayan has clearly stated that his main
interest is to serve the Eastern people of the East rather than becoming
the Chief Minister.
"The Eastern province is a unique area of this country constituting
equal proportions of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people and bearing
paramount historical, geographical, social and political significance.
As a result the message emerging from the East is felt by the entire
country, especially the North, and also the world," he said.
"Therefore, I request people creating these problems and also the 35
members who were elected to the Eastern provincial Council to look at
this broader picture without dwelling on trivial issues like the Chief
Ministerial position," he added.