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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Crisis brewing within Ceylon Workers Congress

[b]Crisis brewing within Ceylon Workers Congress [/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 13 December, (Asiantribune,com):[/b] Confusing reports emerged with regard to the defection of four Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Parliamentarians from their party to the Government. While unconfirmed reports claimed that four CWC MPs had pledged support to the Government today afternoon during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse, one of the reportedly defected CWC Parliamentarians Suresh Vadiwelu denied any such desertion when the "Asian Tribune" contacted him.

"I am very much with the CWC; I have not decided to leave the party. I have only expressed my appreciation to President Rajapakse with regard to the budget he presented as it brings a lot of development to the estate sector such as new infrastructure, schools, houses, roads. According to the budget, Rs. 2000 million has been allocated for estate sector development alone, this is highly commendable and should be appreciated. All I did was to appreciate the President's efforts. But I am still very much with the CWC.

Reacting to reports that the CWC had decided to suspend his and three other MPs party membership, Mr. Vadiwelu noted that, "no one can suspend a member for appreciating a budget. There are some members who are in Colombo who knows absolutely nothing about the estate sector, they re the ones who are making statements that disciplinary action will be taken against us."

The other three MPs rumored to have decided to join the Government are S. Sellasamy, V. Puthrasigomoney and S. Jegatheeswaran.

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