group says Govt. supporters wooing it with money
The independent group which has permitted UNP
to use its symbol and contest May 22nd Colombo Municipal Council
polls has charged that some government supporters are offering it
financial incentives to withdraw its agreement with the UNP.
M. Rajendran, the leader of the independent group,
told The Sunday Times that certain persons were approaching their
candidates and were offering as much as Rs. 10 million to them if
they scuttled the UNP’s efforts to enter the fray through
the independence list, the election symbol of which is the pair
He said his members had turned down the offers
and assured continued support for the UNP.
Mr. Rajendran said his candidates were not only
getting offers of financial rewards but also threatening calls.
All but nine of the candidates in the “spectacle”
group have given their consent to resign and allow the UNP to fill
the vacancies on the list after the election.
The nine dissidents have accused Mr. Rajendran
of accepting money from the UNP and has vowed not to resign.
Meanwhile Mr. Rajendran has filed a fundamental
rights petition after Modara police raided his house on May 8 and
warned him not to keep outsiders there. He said his house was being
used as his campaign office and in his petition he accused the police
officers of threatening him for carrying out political activities.