No-confidence motion against PM: Dullas

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:36 GMT, May 22, 2015 |

UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma said today the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would be handed over to the Speaker by next week with more than 60 MPs including 14 ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers having signed it so far. Mr. Alahapperuma said they were sure to receive the support of a majority in parliament and that it would be a historical incident because it being the only no-confidence motion submitted against a prime minister with the support of a majority in parliament.

“Only two no-confidence motions have been submitted against some former Prime Ministers but the two motions were defeated on a majority vote,” he said. Mr. Alahapperuma said the no-confidence motion will include the fact that he was a prime minister with a minority support in parliament and had allegedly disrupted the national economy.

He said it was time for the SLFPers who joined the government to take a decision if they really love and are committed to the party just like the four ministers who resigned their portfolios adding that what influenced their resignations was the dissolution of local government bodies. “The SLFPers should be loyal to the party at a time when its image is being tarnished or its unity is at risk,”Mr. Alahapperuma said. He said the traditional UNP — SLFP relationship which was likened to that between an elephant and a goad has been changed to an elephant and a wood apple.