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* Sri Lanka's Kelaniya local council still fears the controversial minister as a threat
Sun, Jan 13, 2013, 12:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 12, Kelaniya: The members of Sri Lanka's Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha, who are against the former Kelaniya electoral organizer and Minister of Public Relations Mervin Silva, say they still fear for their lives from the Minister.

Addressing a press conference today, Chairman of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha, Prasanna Ranaweera has said that the suspects arrested for killing their colleague Hasith Madawala have confessed to accepting a Rs. 3.5 million contract from Minister Silva to assassinate several PS members.

The rebel councilors have said that the assailants have confessed that the Minister Mervyn Silva had contracted them to assassinate the entire team of members of the local council who were against him.

Although the Minister has resigned from the post of Kelaniya electoral organizer, he is still a threat to their lives, the Chairman has said, urging the government to provide more security to all the members of the who were threatened by the Minister for rising against him.

The councilors allege that the Minister who had to resign from the post has commenced a programme to gain the position back.

Vice Chairman of the Kelaniya local Pradeshiya Sabha, Chamil Duminda said at the press briefing that the Minister has commenced to collect signatures for a petition asking to re-appoint him as the electoral organizer to Kelaniya.

Ranaweera said at the press conference that removing the Minister from the electorate organizer post alone is not sufficient. He urged the Sri Lanka Freedom Party members of Kelaniya electorate would request the party hierarchy to appoint a good organizer for Kelaniya electorate.

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