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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2703

The CWC resignations problem would be resolved by Monday - Mnister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 04 August, (Asiantribune.com): Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said that the five Ceylon Workers Congress parliamentarians have not tendered their resignations from the government but only from their ministerial positions and the resignation crisis will be resolved very soon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said the whole episode has taken place due to a “misunderstanding” over few exchange of words and the CWC members have not tendered their letters of resignation over policy differences of President Rajapaksa’s government. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said the whole episode has taken place due to a “misunderstanding” over few exchange of words and the CWC members have not tendered their letters of resignation over policy differences of President Rajapaksa’s government.

He said Minister Arumugam Thondaman and Muththu Sivalingam are his personal friends and he is trying to resolve this problem by negotiations.

Fernandopulle said the whole episode has taken place due to a “misunderstanding” over few exchange of words and the CWC members have not tendered their letters of resignation over policy differences of President Rajapaksa’s government.

The Minister said it was wrong to say Thondaman and his Deputy Ministers have resigned because of joining the Mangala Samaraweera faction and the resignations did not have anything to do with the new wing.

When the London radio station BBC Sandeshaya insisted for an answer for the resignations Fernandopulle said it was over few words exchanged between Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa and CWC member Muththu Sivalingam.
He said he expected the five members of the CWC to be back in the cabinet by Monday the latest.

He said there is no truth in the media speculation that the government’s parliamentary power being reduced to 113 members leaving it with a bare minimum majority.

According to Fernandopulee Thondaman and his party colleagues have not left government benches and nothing of that nature ever occurred. He said the Government power remained at 119 members in the parliament and the opposition strength remained at 105.

He said he could assure even if the government strength fell below the strength of the opposition there is no possibility that the government would fall.

Although , Fernandopulle did not mention the fact, there is widespread belief in the Colombo political spectrum that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna would cast their parliamentary votes on crucial issues leading to the fall of the government and a general election, while that demand is being made the leading political slogan of the Ranil Wickremesinghe led United National Party.

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