BY Thameenah Razeek
Leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) MP Udaya Gammanpila said they were willing to support the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government that will be submitted to the Speaker by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) under two conditions.
He said the conditions were to secure the support of 113 MPs in favour of the NCM and to support the formation of an interim all-party Government following the Government’s defeat in the no-confidence motion.
Gammanpilawas speaking at a media briefing yesterday (18) at PHU Party Headquarters in Colombo.
Explaining the conditions he said the first was that the SJB must secure the support of 113 MPs because scenarios such as the incident involving Minister Shantha Bandara and his appointment could occur.
Second, Gammanpila said the SJB should fully support the interim all-party government that will be formed following the defeat of the government.
“The background can only be prepared to defeat this government if these two conditions are met. According to reports, the SJB, which has only 46 seats in the Opposition, is considering filing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government. Eighty seven more members must vote in favour. We need twice as many MPs as there are now. However, the SJB has not yet discussed the issue with other political parties or political groups,” Gammanpila said.
He said the NCM was will not result in a victory but highlighted the fact that this government should be deposed, Gammanpila said the SJB’s intention of the NCM was in good faith to send the Government home.
“However, presenting this NCM without a plan and not having 113 members would benefit the Government. If the Government, which currently has the support of 118 MPs, and the NCM is defeated, what the Opposition will be doing is only strengthening the Government which has been brought down to its knees. It is our responsibility to prevent the Government from becoming stronger,”Gammanpila said.
In terms of the end result, Gammnapila stressed that the loss of the existing government means that no new government will be formed, resulting in anarchy in the country.
“Is it possible to lead the country to anarchy without a Government at a time when Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst crisis in history? So, the country remains in chaos for some time, with no one able to form a government, and the country is forced to hold parliamentary Elections. Is it possible to hold Elections right now? Is it possible to hold an Election in a country that lacks fuel, electricity, paper, and medicine? Finally, after winning the Election, a group of moneylenders will take over the country and distribute free gas cylinders, medicine, and food bags,” he said.