SRILANKAN NEWS

TNA to push for Wigneswaran to be removed as Chief Minister

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to push for the removal of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran.

The official website of the TNA reported that Wigneswaran is likely to be removed from office soon by the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) which fielded him as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the political formation known as the TNA in September 2013.

The website reported that ITAK is seriously contemplating the removal of Wigneswaran as Chief Minister in the context of the current corruption scandal that has rocked the Northern province.

ITAK President Mavai Senathirajah has reportedly warned Wigneswaran that several Northern provincial councillors belonging to the ITAK have demanded that Wigneswaran be removed from office and cautioned the chief minister that the party may have to give serious consideration to the possibility if Wigneswaran persisted with his anti-ITAK activity despite being elected to office from that party.

Last night 21 Northern provincial council members submitted a no-confidence motion on Wigneswaran to the Northern Province Governor.

The provincial administration run by Wigneswaran has been facing many charges and allegations of corruption from the public at large and from opposition members of the council. In a bid to blunt the thrust of criticism, Wigneswaran appointed a three -member commission of inquiry unilaterally to probe charges of corruption against his board of ministers, the TNA website said.

Wigneswaran had earlier incurred the wrath of most ITAK members when he supported the rival TNPF/ACTC at the 2015 parliamentary polls instead of the ITAK/TNA.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette