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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2770

Sri Lanka: Colombo Municipality’s color - Ruling blue or traditional green?

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 31 October, (Asiantribune.com): A comical episode has just been over. But humor is written all over on peoples' faces as suddenly color changes once more. The freshly blue-coated iron fence and gates around the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has been repainted back in green yesterday morning.

It was only few days ago, the green colored gates and walls had a fresh look with newly painted navy blue, but now repainted back to its original color – green.

The high officials who said last week that the gates and the fence of the CMC turned blue was not due to any political change, but want of a new look, are now tied-lipped over the re-painting.

With the controversial cross over by the CMC Mayor Uvais M. Imitiyaz to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the iron fence and gates coated with green for ages, turned blue creating a controversy.

But, after spending huge sum of public money to get the 'new look', the drama of re-painting these iron gates and walls with green again, according to the Colombo Mayor was done 'secretly' without his instructions.

Mayor Imitiyaz told the 'Asian Tribune' that he did not asked anybody to change the color and wanted to keep the CMC's original color -green.

"I did not instructed anybody to paint these walls and gates with blue or green," he simply said but emphasized the color of these were historically green.

He agreed that he has become a member of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as he wanted to work with the President Mahinda Rajapaksha, who has a good vision.

However, Mayors' Secretary Sham Navaz said that the colour change was mistake committed by the CMC officials. "The Mayor did not ask anybody to colour these with green or blue. But it has now come to the right colour. Colour of the CMC is green," he said adding the Mayor had instructed to hold an inquiry to find out 'unseen forces' that changed the colours without his approval.

- Asian Tribune -

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