Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), MP Udaya Gammanpila has urged Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s close associates to ‘allow’ him to step down and form an Interim Government.
Gammanpila said a small group who are abusing their power and trying to protect their positions are attempting to ‘forcibly retain’ the Prime Minister, without allowing him to resign. He said if they do not stop this game immediately, their names will be made public.
Gammanpila said the SLPP started obtaining signatures of their MPs in support of a Cabinet led by the PM. Even though the SLPP General Secretary told the MPs that signing the document was mandatory, only 46 signatures could be collected, he claimed.
“Thus, the SLPP leaders were forced to abandon that attempt. If what I say is not correct, I challenge the SLPP General Secretary to publish the signature list that was given in favour of the PM. Rather than bringing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government and causing a power struggle amid an economic crisis, an Interim Government should be formed with the participation of all parties. The present Government must resign,” he said.
He told the Media yesterday (25) at PHU Headquarters that if the Premier resigns, the Cabinet will be automatically disbanded and the Interim Government will be given a chance.
He pointed out that the Prime Minister does not need to be taught what it means to give up in unusual circumstances.
“I was at Temple Trees on the night of 8 January 2015. On 9 January, at noon, the official results of the Presidential Election were released. However, at 1:30 a.m. that morning, the Premier decided to resign. Many people advised him to wait until the final result was made public. When he told us he would lose, he met the incoming Prime Minister at 3:00 a.m. to discuss the transfer of power and left Temple Trees at 6:30 a.m. Even now, the Prime Minister has told monks, party leaders, and business associates that he is prepared to resign,” he said.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa is a man of his generation who has given this country an enormous victory. He is a leader who deserves an honourable farewell rather than being deposed by the people or the Legislature. We beg the ravens who feed on the filth that surrounds him not to destroy him by robbing him of the honourable farewell he deserves,” he said.
By Thameenah Razeek