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By Jamila Najmuddin


President Mahinda Rajapakse, in his new cabinet, has overlooked candidates from the UPFA who were selected to parliament at the recent elections from the Kandy District pending investigations over the alleged incidents which led to a re-poll in Nawalapitiya.

Former Minister and UPFA MP from the Kandy District Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror online that President Mahinda Rajapakse had called for a full scale inquiry into the Nawalapitiya election re-poll and till such time he did not receive a report, he would not officially hand over any responsibilities to the UPFA candidates who contested from that District.

“What I have been told is that the President will not hand over our responsibilities till such time he receives the inquiry report into the Nawalapitiya violence. The President has not appointed any of the Kandy District candidates into his new cabinet. He is expected to do so only after inquiries conclude,” Rambukwella said.

Daily Mirror online learns that President Rajapakse has been angered over the Nawalapitiya violence which led to a re-poll and wants to identify who were behind the incidents. The President is expected to receive a comprehensive report on the incidents within the next three days.  

President Rajapakse has also expressed disappointment at the internal rift among the UPFA candidates who contested from the Kandy District saying it had brought disrepute to his party. He had also said the fighting had been a disgrace.

Daily Mirror online learns that President Rajapakse is also likely to take disciplinary action against the candidates who had been involved in creating violence in Nawalapitiya during the April 8 General Election and during the days of campaigning for the re-poll.

The polls in Nawalapitiya in the Kandy District and Kumburupitiya in Trincomalee were annulled during the recent General Elections owing to reports of violence and vote rigging and a re-poll in these areas was held this week.

Controversial UPFA candidate and government Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had charged this week that three government ministers were among those responsible for the polls in the Nawalapitiya electorate being annulled and a re-poll being called.

Speaking to Daily Mirror online on the eve of the re-poll the Minister noted that these three government Ministers together with the opposition UNP and JVP gave false information resulting in the Elections Commissioner calling for a re-poll in Nawalapitiya.

An agitated Aluthgamage had said that he will be taking up the issue with the UPFA party leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as the party secretary. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 23 April 2010 04:02 PM

    Good move and great example

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:05 PM

    the leader leading by example....

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:11 PM

    This is the bogus first cabinet. Wait another month the second line of ministers will sworn including Rambutan and Kassipuwa.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:29 PM

    The cabinet will be over 40 members after the inquiry, for
    sure.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:39 PM

    A great & historical decision ! Keep it up !
    Wish this be the future treand.

    Hope the investigation report will not reveal poor General or UNPers reponsible for violence.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:45 PM

    All three are all fart no shit type guys. The president should chase them away.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 04:47 PM

    all four are all far-,no shi- Guys. They should be kept at bay.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 06:29 PM

    Good decision ... a leader, should be like this.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:25 PM

    This is seems to be a good exampel set by MR

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:25 PM

    Good decision

    Friday, 23 April 2010 12:28 PM

    Yes, Thats the way a leader should behave. Punish the rowdies irrespective of their seneority.

    Friday, 23 April 2010 09:30 PM

    Well done sir!

    Friday, 23 April 2010 09:51 PM

    Don't worry, they will all be Ministers. This is the usual 'gundu.'


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