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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Chandrika did not insist on CWC support for her presidential

[b]Chandrika did not insist on CWC support for her presidential candidate, Mahinda Rajapakse – CWC MP Puththiraisigamoney[/b]

By Anne Rodrigo - Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 15 October, ([/b] The Ceylon Workers Congress expressed confidence that that they could garner 1 million minority Tamil votes from the plantation sector - - going well beyond the party’s expected 900,000 voter base.

Armed with a 19 point demand list, CWC led by Arumugam Thondaman bargained with the two main Presidential candidates at closed door meeting till they formally announced the party decision on October 5 to back Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s bid for the Presidency.

The decision prompted Minister Mangala Samaraweera - - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse’s chief Presidential campaigner to say that CWC had committed “political suicide” by pledging support to Wickremesinghe.

Brushing aside these comments, CWC Parliamentarian Vadivel Puththraisigamoney in an interview with the “Asian Tribune” said the party leadership is pretty confident of contributing to Wickremesinghe’s victory at the November 17 poll.

“ We can win back some 19% floating votes to Wickremesinghe”, he said.

Responding to UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran’s allegation that CWC can be bought over by any party, he laughed it off. “We do not take his comments seriously”.

Puththraisigamoney entered into politics in 1983 as the Deputy Mayor of Nuwara Eliya district. In 1983 he served as a provincial councillor and 2000 he became a Parliamentarian.

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