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The Government would leave no room for any Mayor to carry out the duty of the Police, Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando said today.

He told Parliament that people were well aware of how the Police and the Judiciary operated in the north when the LTTE was operative.

Responding to comments made by Opposition MPs over the arrest of Jaffna Mayor, the Minister said the law should be implemented against him.

Tamil National People's Front MP Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam said it was preposterous for the Government to arrest Jaffna Mayor accusing him of attempting to revive the LTTE.

“I am not a fan of the Jaffna Mayor. It is an attempt by the Government to portray him as trying to resurrect the police force of the LTTE. It is preposterous. Under Municipal Councils in various parts of the country including the Colombo Municipal Council, there are various sections created for different purposes such as to issue parking tickets,” he said.

The MP alleged that this was political victimisation, adding that the Government was militarising the country on the one hand while creating racism on the other hand.

Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) MP Charles Nirmalanathan and TNA MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam also criticised the move to arrest the Mayor.

Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardane said the Government had instructed the relevant ministers to mediate in the matter and assure to inform about the steps to be taken with regard to the matter very soon.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 11

  • Mandayan Friday, 09 April 2021 06:14 PM

    Another stupid acts attracted the international attention. Toronto major condemned and soon London major will follow suit!

    Lol Friday, 09 April 2021 06:20 PM


    Darshana Friday, 09 April 2021 06:37 PM

    Good new topic to divert the attention on corruption.

    UK traffic warden Friday, 09 April 2021 06:48 PM

    A disgraced government panicking. Municipal bylaws allow municipal councils to appoint traffic wardens ( in simple terms for the locals to understand ' police' ) to control and implement the high way code. This includes direction of traffic movement, pedestrian movements, issue of fines etc. Ultimately it's the court that decides whether the fines are appropriate

    Dillan Friday, 09 April 2021 06:58 PM

    I love to wear dark blue Jeans and light blue shirt and black shoes. If I do it again , will I go to jail. Please answer

    Michael Friday, 09 April 2021 07:47 PM

    These ppl are going psycho they need a good psychiatric doctor for treatment.

    Buddhist Friday, 09 April 2021 07:57 PM

    Every Mayor has the authority to pass a motion and then collect fines and taxes and those who collect such fines need not be called Police. This is a power held by every Mayor in every country in the world.

    Dee Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:45 AM

    Ah! Wayamba. LoL!

    Elwyn Saturday, 10 April 2021 05:44 AM

    These are diversionary tactics by the government to cover up major issues created by them. Johnny boy is the right person for the job with his foul mouth

    Sambo Saturday, 10 April 2021 09:52 AM

    Fist of all you should be serving prison sentence. You are a top moron.

    Selvakumar Saturday, 10 April 2021 10:54 AM

    Everybody’s have to follow Rules

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