CMC Opposition asserts its majority
The Opposition of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will acquire
the majority representation in its 16 Standing Committees to be
appointed at the general meeting tomorrow, said CMC media spokesman for
the Opposition Reza Sarook.
He said that the entire Opposition has received 29 seats whereas the
ruling party has only 24 seats.
He observed that the entire Opposition has received a majority of
31,000 votes over the UNP at the election. He noted that this fact
stands as proof that the support of the majority of people is with the
He was speaking at a press conference in Colombo yesterday to clarify
the legal and social side of the issue of CMC logistical facility for
the Opposition. CMC Chief Opposition Whip M H Manzil observed that the
Opposition's room was handed over ceremonially last Monday by Municipal
Commissioner Bhadrani Jayawardene on the direction of Western Province
Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.
He noted that certain media reports which said the Opposition members
entered the room forcibly by breaking the locks were incorrect and
misleading. He said that the Opposition group meeting was held at the
CMC on Saturday evening and they returned the key to the caretaker once
it was finished.
He also said that CMC new mayor A. J. M. Muzammil must first learn
the tradition, history and usual procedure of the CMC since he seems
ignorant over the past tradition of facilitating an Opposition's office
within the CMC. He also observed that various influences had been
directed at the Municipal Commissioner during the past few days for
providing a logistical facility for the Opposition.
He also noted that future meetings and press conferences of the CMC
Opposition will be held at their office in the CMC. Meanwhile, issuing a
press release Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said
that the Colombo mayor has no fair reason to deprive the logistical
facility given to the Opposition. Democratic United Alliance Councillor
Roy Bogahawatte, Jathika Hela Urumaya Councillor Madu Madawa Aravinda,
Independent Group two Councillor Ranjith Seneviratne and Muslim Congress
Councillor Saul Naizer also spoke.