Nov 05, Colombo: The newly elected Mayor of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in Sri Lanka, A.J.M. Muzammil says the governing United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) after being defeated at the CMC elections was trying to forcibly establish an Opposition Leader’s Office inside the Council premises.
Muzammil has said that under the local government laws, there is no mention of an opposition leader or and opposition leader’s office at the CMC.
He has added that no official letter has been sent to him informing that UPFA’s defeated mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda is the Opposition Leader of the CMC.
Referring to an incident of a group of persons breaking down the locks of the auditorium of the CMC, Muzammil said that the new administration of the Council were of the policy to work in unison with the opposition.
However, the Mayor said that he was willing to organize an office for the opposition leader after discussing with the Council members.
Meanwhile, the police were called into the CMC when a tussle erupted between Muzammil and a group of opposition members yesterday.
The issue was over the allocation of rooms for opposition councilors and Councilor Mahinda Kahandagama and a group of members had forcibly occupied a room, saying they required it for meetings and other related functions.