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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1888

Waiting for Governor's Move - Assembly Chairman V.K.Sivangnam

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 16 June, (Asiantribune.com):

It is now up to the Governor of the Northern Province either to remove the Chief Minister, or to take any appropriate actions to the affidavits and memorandum submitted by a section of the Northern Province Councilors, said V.K.Sivangnam, the Chairman of the Provincial Council Assembly who led the disgruntled councilors yesterday to meet the Northern Province Governor.

V.K.Sivangnam when speaking to “Asian Tribune,” told that yesterday 18 provincial councilors were physically present at the governor’s secretariat and they handed over to the Governor affidavits signed by all 21 councilors - including that of the three councilors who were not present and also a common letter in the form of a memorandum, signed by the 21 councilors .

When asked why suddenly there was an open clash between the councilors and the chief minister C.V.Vigneswaran, chairman of the assembly Sivangnam told the “Asian Tribune” that, “Basically our political leadership indicated to the Chief Minister that they were not in agreement with the action against all the four provincial council ministers. They have also indicated that action against the two ministers was justifiable.”

When asked to clarify whom he meant by “our political leadership” he said that, he was referring to R.Sampanthan, leader of the TNA and Mavai Senathirajah, President of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi.

The Assembly Chairman further said that Chief Minister coming with another inquiry committee to investigate the other two ministers was found ‘an unwanted act’ and this was one of the many reasons for a section of the councilors to show their dissatisfaction to the activities of the chief minister.

He said that he and other councilors have expressed the fact that they have lost confidence in the chief minister.

In our affidavits and in the letter to the Governor, we haven’t given him full details of our dissatisfaction against the chief minister. He said that numerous activities of the chief minister objectionable, even the way the senior provincial council public servants were being treated.

He said that it is now up to the Governor to take action according to the constitutional provision.

According to the thirteen amendment to the Sri Lanka Constitution - 15F (4) The Governor shall appoint as chief minister, the member of the provincial council constituted for that province, who in his opinion, is best able to command the support of a majority of the members of that Council:

Provided that where more than one-half of the members of one political party, the Governor shall appoint the leader of that political party in the Council, as Chief Minister.

(5) The Governor shall on the advice of the Chief Minister, appoint among the members of the Provincial Council constituted for that Province, the other Ministers.

The Chairman of the Assembly Sivangnam pointed out the constitutional provisions regarding the appointment of the Chief Minister and Ministers and said it is the Governor who has to now decide on the next course of action.

He said there are numerous precedents and tradition for the Governor to decide about the course of action he might follow to take, not only in Sri Lanka, but also in India.

He further added that Governor is more empowered constitutionally and can, if he wants, remove the Chief Minister based on our affidavits, which clearly indicates that he has lost the support of a majority of the members of the Council, or request him to demonstrate whether he enjoys the confidence of the majority of the Councilors.

He concluded, "we keep our fingers crossed and waits for governor’s move."

- Asian Tribune -

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