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News


Political parties say                                                                                                                            

Sack Mervyn

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 system.

“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 him.

“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,” he said.

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.

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