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* Ruling alliance of Sri Lanka to expel councilors voted against the budgets of local governments
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 10:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to expel the local government councilors of the UPFA that voted against the 2014 budget proposals, internal sources of the party said.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting Monday night at Temple Trees to ascertain why the own ruling party members voted against the budgets of the local councils.

The budget proposals of 16 local government bodies including Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils with a majority of ruling party members were defeated by the ruling party councilors voting against the budgets proposed by the chairmen of the councils.

In some occasions even the deputies of the Chairmen have voted against the budgets.

The issue has created instability in the lower ranks of the party, sources say.

Meanwhile, the budget vote of the Colombo Municipal Council will be held this evening. The main opposition United National Party is in control of the Colombo Municipal Council.

UPFA councilor Madhumadhawa Aravinda has meanwhile resigned from his position at the Colombo Municipal Council. He is scheduled to summon a press conference this afternoon and reliable sources say he will resign from the UPFA and the coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya, of which he is a member, today.

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