Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELUM BANDARA

Sri Lanka Free­dom Party (SLFP) has re­quested its leader Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena to re­move Gov­er­nors of the West­ern and East­ern prov­inces Asath Sal­ley and M. L.A. M. His­bul­lah to defuse ten­sion built up in the coun­try over al­le­ga­tions against them, a party of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

SLFP Na­tional Or­ga­nizer Duminda Dis­sanayake told Daily Mir­ror a group of SLFP MPS made rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the Pres­i­dent sev­eral times and asked him to re­move these two gov­er­nors over al­le­ga­tions against them in con­nec­tion with Easter Sun­day’s ter­ror­ist at­tack.

MP Ven. Athu­raliye Ratana Thera who was nom­i­nate to Par­lia­ment on the Na­tional List of the United Na­tional Party (UNP) has staged a fast in front of Dalada Maligawa in Kandy de­mand­ing the re­moval of these two gov­er­nors and In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Rishad Bathi­udeen. Com­ment­ing on the fast, Mr. Dis­sanayake said the ap­point­ment and re­moval of provin­cial gov­er­nors was at the sole dis­cre­tion of the Pres­i­dent and there­fore he should step in to take ac­tion. “There is a strong build-up of pub­lic per­cep­tion against them. There­fore, it is ad­vis­able for the Pres­i­dent to re­move them from of­fice to fa­cil­i­tate im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions against them. It is bet­ter for their fu­ture as well,” he said. Af­ter­wards, he said ac­tion could be taken against Min­is­ter Bathi­udeen in con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe. “First, we, as the

SLFP, should set an ex­am­ple by re­mov­ing the two gov­er­nors,” he said.

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