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* UNP Mayor of Colombo likely to change allegiance over denying nominations to wife
Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 10:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 06, Colombo: Political sources close to Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) say that the Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil is likely to take the side of the ruling alliance United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in protest of the party denying nominations to his wife Ferouza Muzammil to contest the Western Provincial Council.

Ferouza Muzammil was planning to contest the election for the Western Provincial Council from Colombo district.

As soon as her nomination request was rejected, she announced today that she would resign from the party's national executive committee and the party.

In a letter to the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, Mrs. Muzammil said she decided to contest the election on a request made by the Kantha Saviya organization of the UNP which she leads but some members of the party who consider the party as their own property have influenced the leadership to reject her nomination without any valid reason.

She said in future she will not have any connection with the party.

In a Facebook message, Mrs. Muzammil said the decision was taken after much thought and consideration but she will "still continue to support my people regardless of my membership in a committee within the party." The Mayor is working closely with the Defense and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Colombo development projects and speculations are ripe that he will join the ruling party.

Earlier the UNP had decided to initiate a disciplinary inquiry against the Mayor for violating a party decision and attending the inauguration of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)in Novemeber last year.

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