UPFA's first cabinet meeting held without JVP ministers

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 April 2004, 19:01 GMT]
The optimism expressed by some senior leaders of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that row over the allocation to the Mahaveli Development Ministry was close to a settlement evaporated Wednesday evening as the leaderships of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) failed to accept the compromise, political sources said.

Earlier it was reported by some senior leaders of the UPFP, leaderships of both parties were close to an agreement over the allocation of Mahaveli Development Ministry. The JVP is reported to have agreed to taking over the post of Deputy Minister for Mahaweli if the President takes over the Mahaveli Development Ministry under her direct control. However, the finalization of the compromise met with last minute hurdles and is reported to have been abandoned by both parties, political sources said.

Meanwhile the first cabinet meeting of the UPFA government was held Wednesday evening in the President House sans the JVP ministers-designate due to the last minute failure of a compromise formula over sharing of ministries, sources said.

However, at the first parliamentary group of UPFA held Wednesday evening, President Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunge decided to field a veteran communist party member, Mr.D.E.W.Gunasekara, for the post of Speaker. Mr. Gunasekara is one of the national list parliamentarians of the UPFA and a leading member of the Sri Lanka Communist Party, a constituent of the UPFA, sources said.

Furthermore, the UPFA parliamentary group decided to appoint Minister Mr.Anura Bandaranaike as the leader of the House and Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle as the government whip, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=11796