The Nugegoda Janatha Pola United Traders Association yesterday charged that some 25 hawkers who were carrying out business in the fair for decades have been pushed out from it by the police and some influential politicians.
Nugegoda Janatha Pola United Traders Association President Premadasa Vidanapathirana told a news conference yesterday that some traders have been left on the lurch despite legal permission they posses to carry out their businesses. He said some widows have lost their livelihood because of this move.
Vidanapathirana said some who have not sighted the fair had been provided stalls.
A trader, M. Sumanawathi who was emotional when talking of her plight said she had been treated this way despite supporting the ruling party. She said, requests made to the police by a minister to provide her a stall had also been turned down. She charged that a powerful political figure in the South had reserved some stalls for their henchmen.
Another trader W. R. Gunsasiri said he too was pushed out despite the legal permission he had obtained to carry out trading.
UNP National list MP Dr. Harsha De Silva commenting on the matter questioned as to how the police could allocate stalls of a fair or a market, as it is their duty to maintain the law and order of the country.
Dr. De Silva charged that he was questioned by a former IGP when he was touring the Nugegoda Fair recently. “How can a former IGP question an MP in such a manner? he asked. He said the former IGP had informed that a UPFA candidate who is contesting for the Sri Jayaweardenepura Kotte Municipal Council had been put in charge of allocating the stalls among the traders. “How can a candidate, contesting an election, be in charge of such activities?” he asked.
He also charged that nearly 200 stalls have been promised to traders although there is no room for such a large number of stalls. (Yohan Perera)
I feel that no fowl play is made on issuing the stalls in the new premises. It is clear that some traders who have not been given stalls in the new premises is due they giving their earlier premises on rent to outsiders and selling their stuff on the pavement.
So this clearly shows that these traders who have not got stalls in the new premises is due to their fault. No need of blaming the ruling party or any other on this!
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