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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

It is the story of roaring but mellowed Maheswaran

[b]It is the story of roaring but mellowed Maheswaran[/b]

By Anne Rodrigo - Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 14 October, ([/b] Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, the United National Party's Member of Parliament, who usually maintains an unpredictable profile, became the center of controversy recently over a statement he made about the Ceylon Workers’ Congress.

During a recent television talk-show, before the CWC pledged support on October 5 to the UNP candidacy at the Presidential polls, he alleged that CWC Leader Arumugam Thondaman was seeking financial commitment in exchange for his party’s support. The comment which came amidst reports that the CWC would opt to support the UNP leadership sent shivers down the UNP spine that prompted Party to take disciplinary action against Maheswaran for shooting his mouth-off contrary to the its policies.

But Maheswaran still maintains his position. Calling Thondaman by the nickname Bulty man ( a Hindi word referring one who often somersaults) who keep on jumping from one side to the other, just to remain in power. Maheswaran told the “Asian Tribune” that the UNP should not open its doors to “runaways” - - obviously referring to the CWC.

He insisted that UNP can win with or without the support of the CWC. He said, “If the UNP can win in the Jaffna electoral district, then they can win in any electoral districts in the country”, he explained. Apart from the minority votes, he said that Wickremasinghe could easily win the majority Buddhist Sinhala votes.

He alleged that CWC is trying to compel the UNP leadership to sideline him but he would not be ruffled by their ploy that easily.

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