NCM against Finance Minister to be taken up
A No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Finance Minister Ravi
Karunanayake signed by 37 Joint Opposition MPs on the grounds of gross
mismanagement of the economy will be taken up for debate in Parliament
on June 8 from 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm and the vote will be taken
It was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on March 24. The Motion
alleged that Finance Minister Karunanayake was mishandling the economy
thus putting the country into an economic crisis and that faith in the
Minister had been lost as a result.
UPFA MPs handed over a NCM against Minister Karunanayake to the
Speaker on May 18 last year but it was not taken up for debate as the
House was dissolved on June 29. Meanwhile, participation has been made
compulsory for all ruling party MPs for the parliamentary session on
June 8, when the NCM against Minister Karunanayake is to be taken up for
All ruling party MPs have already been informed to attend the
upcoming parliamentary sessions whether they are in the country or
A meeting of the ruling party Parliamentary group is scheduled to be
held at the Presidential Secretariat under President Maithripala
Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow (June 6) where
UNP MPs and the UPFA representing the government are expected to
Another UNP parliamentary group meeting will also be held tomorrow at
Temple Trees at 3.00 pm under the patronage of Prime Minister
Wickremesinghe. UPFA Colombo District MP Udaya Gammanpila told the
Sunday Observer that there were several grounds which compelled the
Joint Opposition to move the no confidence motion against the Finance
Minister. His conduct as the Finance Minister is questionable.
Unfortunately, the Government has not taken any action against him.
“He tabled a Budget report in Parliament and it was passed in
Parliament with a two-thirds majority, but he amended it thereafter. No
proper Budget has been presented for this year. He imposes taxes all
most every week. Sri Lanka is heading towards an economic crisis like
what happened in Greece due the economic mismanagement of the Finance
Minister,” he said.
“People are suffering because of his misdeeds and misjudgments. As we
don’t command a majority in Parliament we have created an opportunity to
remove the Finance Minister. If a majority of Parliamentarians defend
him, people will decide about them at the next election,” Gammanpila
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the JVP’s Central
Committee meets today (June 5) to take a decision regarding the no
confidence motion against the Finance Minister.