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* Sri Lanka ruling party to take disciplinary action against councilors of local governments attempting to create rifts
Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 10:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 18, Colombo: The ruling Unite People's Freedom Alliance (IPFA) will take disciplinary action against the party members of local government bodies who purposely vote to defeat the budgets of the party controlled local councils.

The ruling party members who did not comply with the polices of the alliance will be subjected to disciplinary action, Sri Lanka's President and leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of UPFA said today.

Addressing an all island working committee meeting of the SLFP held under his leadership this afternoon at Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said there is no internal conflict in the ruling alliance and some members who are attempting to create a rift by defeating the 2014 budget proposals of local governments will face disciplinary action.

Party's decision to take action comes following the defeat of budget proposals of 16 local government bodies including Pradeshiya Sabhas, Urban Councils and Municipal Councils with a majority of ruling party members.

President Rajapaksa chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting Monday to ascertain why the own ruling party members voted against the budgets of the local councils.

It has been reported that even the deputy chairmen of some of the local councils have voted against the budgets proposed by the chairmen of the councils.

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

However, the General Secretary of the UPFA Minister Susil Premajayantha assured that defeat of budgets in certain local governments does not amount to a defeat of the alliance and will not in any way weaken the massive strength of the UPFA. The Minister also said that the parties of the alliance will take stern disciplinary action against members who disregard the instructions of the relevant parties and act to defeat the budgets. Disciplinary action will be taken against the concerned members of local governments by the general secretary of the relevant party in the alliance and if found that they acted with malicious objectives, they will be expelled. The Election Commissioner will be informed of their removal, the Minister said. President's media unit said that issues pertaining to the activities of the local government bodies and members were discussed at the meeting today.

Ruling party members of the local government bodies where the budgets were defeated more than once attended the meeting.

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