70 signatures for no faith against PM
UPFA parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said the No Confidence
Motion moved against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe cannot be
refused as it now contains the signatures of a majority of UPFA
MP Alahapperuma said they began getting signatures for the No
Confidence Motion on Thursday and over 60 UPFA parliamentarians have
already signed it. The SLFP MPs who received ministerial portfolios in
the government also signed the No Confidence Motion.
“Of the 225 parliamentarians, the Prime Minister has the support of
only 47 UNP MPs. Even with the support of some minority parties, the
total number of MPs who are supporting the Prime Minister is less than
80,” he said.
“The main allegations levelled against the Prime Minister in our No
Confidence Motion would include the decline of foreign reserves from US$
8.4 billion to US$ 6 billion during the past five months, collapse of
national security and the economy, his conduct on the Central Bank bond
issue and his arbitrary move to amend the Police Ordinance and his
attempt to challenge the Supreme Court ruling given on former Defence
Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The No Confidence Motion would be a new experience in parliamentary
history, “ he said.
Since we gained independence in 1948, there had been 14 Prime
Ministers. No Confidence Motions had been moved against late Prime
Ministers Sirimavo Bandaranaike and D.B. Wijetunga. The No Confidence
Motion moved against late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike had only
16 signatures. It was defeated with an overwhelming majority of 102
against 27 votes in favour.