to demand top portfolio for Thondaman
By Chris Kamalendran
Amidst threats of a withdrawal of support for the
government, the Ceylon Workers Congress is to demand an important
cabinet portfolio, if it is to stay with the Chandrika Kumaratunga
administration, a senior member told The Sunday Times.
said the demand would be put forward at a crisis meeting with President
Kumaratunga tomorrow. The CWC member who did not want to be identified
said that in addition to the portfolio for CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman
they would demand solutions to other issues including teacher appointments
for 500 of its members.
CWC is also opposing the government decision to go ahead with the
controversial Upper Kotmale hydro-power project. The CWC's Estate
Infrastructure Development Minister Muttu Sivalingam and Deputy
Minister M.S. Sellasamy on Thursday informed the President that
they were resigning from their posts.
resignation letters have been sent to the President. We are not
sure whether the President has accepted them," Mr. Sivalingam
said. Before the resignation letters were sent, the CWC had made
several attempts to contact the President to discuss various issues
but failed.Meanwhile another crisis meeting scheduled for tomorrow
between the President and the JVP has been cancelled.