Friday, January 6, 2012
The Kelaniya PS takes a stand against Mervyn ( Video )
The Chairman of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha along with 12 other Pradeshiya Sabha members have decided to take a stand against Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva.
Speaking to journalists at the Kelaniya PS auditorium today (Jan. 05), they asked president Mahinda Rajapaksa to save their area from the minister, in the same manner he saved the country from terrorism.
Kelaniya PS chairman Prasanna Ranaweera, deputy chairman Chamila Duminda and members Lanka Vijitha Kumara, Hasitha Kelum Madawala and Milroy Perera attended the media briefing.
Mr. Ranaweera said he had documentary and other evidence to prove that minister Silva and his henchmen were responsible for acts of extortion, bribery, corruption and other irregularities in the Kelaniya and Kiribathgoda areas.
He went onto say that if any harm comes to any of them, it would be the minister who should be held responsible, adding that there are attempts to arrest them by leaving heroin at their homes.
The PS chairman said they would meet the president and defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to briefly them about the wrong doings taking place in the Kelaniya area.
He also apologized from all Samurdhi officers regarding the incident, in which minister Silva tied a Samurdhi officer to a tree as punishment.
PS member Vijitha Kumara alleged the minister had extorted massive sums of money, and said he would prove the allegations at a debate with anyone.
PS member Madawala said the minister was not able to visit Kelaniya area and was now in hiding.
Responding to the minister Mervin Silva has told If the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha members prove any of the accusations of corruption and extortion hurled against me then you can beat me until I fall but if they are proven wrong then do the same to them.
The Minister stated that he takes care of those to stay beside him and that it is that trait that is now biting him back while he added that although some of the accusations are meant to anger him into making a mistake in front of the public he does not see why he should panic.
“If you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas”, the Minister stated adding that he a strong man and that his strength is greater than that of a dog.