|Political parties say
By Jayashika Padmasiri, Aisha Edris
and Kushali Atukorale
Leading political parties have demanded the immediate
sacking of controversial non cabinet Labour Minister Mervyn
Silva, after, what they described as, very disgraceful behaviour
last Thursday at the Rupavahini Corporation.
United National Party (UNP) spokesman Gayantha Karunatilake
yesterday demanded the government to sack Minister Mervyn Silva
from his ministerial post after Thursday’s incident, where the
Minister was booed and stoned for assaulting the News Director
at the State owned TV station.
“The whole country is watching to see whether the President is
going to pass it on as another one of Mervyn’s crazy actions or
he is going to take action against the Minister. Mervyn
assaulted a government official, during office hours, at a
government institution in the high security zone. This is not a
simple matter,” he said
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) also called for the
immediate removal of Silva.
JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told The Nation that Mervyn
Silva’s behaviour is a reflection of the current administrative
“It is a reflection of the downfall of the current political
administration existing in the country,” he added.
Dissanayake also criticised the government, saying that the so
called government which practises the Mathata Thitha, has drug
dealers and murderers involved it its administration.
“It is very strange that the President is trying to practise
Mathata Thitha in the country, when his Ministers are employing
drug dealers and murderers. All we can infer is that, what this
government is saying is completely contrary to what they are
doing,” he added.
Jathika Hela Urumaya Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe also
demanded President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately take
disciplinary action against the non cabinet Minister, by sacking
“Such criminals should not be given the privileges of
ministerial posts. Mervyn Silva should be sacked. He uses his
power as a Minister of the government to conduct his gangster
activities. Mervyn Silva is like a mad dog lashing out at
society and such personalities are a threat not only to the
media and to society but also to the democracy of this country,”
Ceylon Workers’ Congress Vice President, R. Yogarajan said that
Silva had exceeded all norms of humanity with his thug like
behaviour. He is an embarrassment to all the people’s
representatives,” he told The Nation. Yogarajan further said
that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should take action
against the Minister, which would teach any politician a lesson,
if he contemplates to act in a similar manner in the future.
Minister of Power and Energy, John Seneviratne told The Nation
that he personally condemns the behaviour of Mervyn Silva.
Seneviratne further emphasised that both parties, the Minister
and his goons and the staff of Rupavahini Corporation had gone
beyond their limits, which led to unnecessary pandemonium.