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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2609

CWC to sit on backbenches and not to topple government, while UNP group too is suddenly meeting today

By Joseph Thavaraja

Colombo, 06 August, ( The CWC has just announced that "they will sit on backbenchers and continue to support administration and will not topple the government."

Meanwhile, reports revealed that the UNP too has suddenly arranged the meeting of their group at the Parliamentary complex this evening. "The meeting is for reviewing the party activities of last week and discusses the present political situation," the UNP said, but did not elaborate.

However, latest report said that The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) which will come face to face with President Mahinda Rajapakse and the government this evening for the first time since their leaving the ranks last week, "will not topple the government despite leaving."

The meet between the government and the CWC, in an official capacity, will take place at the party leaders' meeting at President's office scheduled this evening. Four CWC MPs will be attending, a CWC official said. The Chief Government Whip's Office announced earlier today that "the meeting is for the review of activities and the present political
situation. "

Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in the crisis aftermath said that the CWC "issue will be resolved by Monday (today)."

On August 2, the CWC resigned from the government as the party was insulted. The leader of the CWC Mr.Arumugan Thondaman, who was also the Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development and four other CWC members have resigned from the government 'due to the party being insulted a 'high ranking official of the government.'

Thereafter, speculation was rife that the CWC would join the new "National Congress" recently floated by Mangala Samaraweera's SLFP (M) wing and the opposition UNP. CWC was a constituent of the United Peoples Freedom alliance (UPFA) government.

Since early July, the CWC have been meeting with the SLFP (M) wing 'quietly.' On July 5, CWC and Peoples Wing of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) met at Sawmiya Bawan, headquarters of the CWC "for discussions on matters related to the uncertainties in political alliances in the parliament."

The CWC delegation was led by its leader Arumugan Thondaman, Muthu Sivalingam, and .R.Yogarajan. SLFP (PW) comprised its leader .Mangala Samaraweera, Sripathi Sooriyarachchi and .Tiran Alles.

Discussion between the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and SLFP (PW) also were scheduled, sources said. SLMC is also a constituent of the UPFA government with its leader Rauff Hakeem holding a cabinet portfolio.

- Asian Tribune -

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