Relatives Of Ministers Apply To Contest Poll
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The relatives of several government Ministers have submitted their applications to contest the upcoming Provincial Council elections under the UPFA ticket.
This comes after Minister Maithripala Sirisena had said at a press briefing last week that the government will not approve relatives of Ministers contesting the polls.
The UPFA conducted interviews last Friday to select candidates to contest the elections in the Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provinces.
Held at the Mahaweli Center the interview process was conducted by the UPFA Central Committee.
Well informed sources told The Sunday Leader that Minister Athauda Seneviratne’ son, Minister S. M. Chandrasena’s brother, Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera’s son, Minister Jagath Balasuriya’s son, Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s brother’s son, Deputy Minister A. H. M. Hisbulla’s sister, Minister A. L. M Athaulla’s son, Minister John Seneviratne’s son- in-law, Deputy Minister Karuna Amman’s sister and several others had submitted their applications to contest at the elections.
Overall 467 candidates had submitted their applications at the UPFA interview conducted on Friday.
When contacted by The Sunday Leader Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that the interview process was successful. Asked if the relatives of several Ministers had put forward their applications he said he was not aware of that and that the final selection will be in the hands of the UPFA Central Committee.