MR to meet East PC members

Government coalition members of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have been told to head to Kandy tomorrow (Saturday) for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Colombo Gazette has learned.

The meeting comes amidst strong opposition among several EPC members, including coalition members of the government, to the Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama.

Well informed sources told the Colombo Gazette that officials at the Presidential Secretariat had contacted members of the EPC over the telephone this week regarding the meeting.

Government coalition members of the EPC have accused the Eastern Province Governor of interference in the work of the provincial council.

A similar meeting had been held recently in Colombo as well between Government coalition members of the EPC and senior Government Ministers.

Since the issue had not been resolved it is learned that the President has now decided to meet them in light of the EPC set to take a vote on the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

Most EPC members are supportive of the 13th Amendment including giving land and police powers to the provinces. (Colombo Gazette)

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