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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Chief Ministership of East: TMVP Proposes Compromise Formula, Decision Squarely on UPFA’s Court

By Our Political Correspondent

Colombo, 15 May, ( The impasse prevailing in the East Chief Ministership stakes may cause the six members of the TMVP led by Pillaiyan to resign their seats.

Asian Tribune has learnt that the TMVP has proposed that as a compromise, TMVP be given the Chief Ministership and another Ministership position, the Muslims be given two Ministership position and the post of Speaker, and the Sinhalese one Ministership and post of Deputy Speaker.

It is further learnt that TMVP awaits for the final decision of President Mahinda Rajapakse. It is further learnt in case an agreement is not reached the the sis members of the TMVP might tender their resignations and keep away from provincial council affairs in the future.

It is said that the decision is now squarely in the court of the UPFA leaders. Observers believe that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take a close look at what has been proposed. The matter would be resolved in a fair manner according to these sources.

TMVP Leader Pillaiyan has the general backing of the majority who had closely worked with the Sinhalese and the Muslims in ensuring a victory at the fiercely fought elections.

He received the highest number of preferential votes. Most observers acknowledged that the battle was fought hard by both sides and the TMVP gave their whole-hearted support to ensure the victory of the UPFA.

Observers are confident that the compromise formula proposed by the TMVP has the chance to break the impasse. All parties would be getting substantial positions, the observers said.

Even many Muslim Ministers when contacted said that they agree with the formula proposed by the TMVP, however they said that they have an obligation by the community and it has to bee taken into consideration very seriously.

- Asian Tribune -

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