Plan to strip CBK's
civic rights in motion
Moves are afoot to strip former
President Chandrika Kumaratunga of her
civic rights, The Sunday Leader learns.
It is learnt that the decision to remove
her civic rights was taken following
various statements made by her against
the government placing it in difficulty.
Provincial Council Minister Janaka
Bandara Tennekoon had earlier proposed
to the Central Committee of the SLFP to
sack Kumaratunga from the party
following an address she made at the
inaugural convention of the SLFP (M).
However the proposal was shelved
following President Mahinda Rajapakse's
revealation he had set in motion a plan
to get the former President stripped of
her civic rights .
Informed sources said Minister Tennekoon
had told several confidants he decided
not to move his proposal at the central
committee for Kumaratunga's ouster from
the party following an assurance given
by the President that a bigger plan was
in operation on stripping the former
President's civic rights.
According to party inside sources, the
decision to knock Kumaratunga out of the
political arena for seven years is to
ensure that in the unlikely event of
President Rajapakse being incapacitated
to function in office in terms of the
constitution, she will not be able to
take control of the party through Prime
Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake who is
a loyalist of the Former President.
The civic rights of a citizen can be
stripped through a vote in parliament
following a motion or being fined and
sentenced by a court.