Govt ready to face NCM – Dinesh

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While denying reports of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigning from the post, the Government yesterday claimed readiness to face the No-Confidence Motion presented by the Opposition without hesitation.

However, the Premier will deliver a statement today (5), or tomorrow  (6) on the present economic situation of the country, Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena said.

“These reports are completely false. The Premier informed the ruling party MPs that such decision has not been taken, during the ruling party MPs’ meeting held in Parliament.”

Gunawardena yesterday (4) said in Parliament that an NCM should be presented in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages in accordance with the Constitution and the Standing Orders of Parliament.

If it is accepted by the Speaker, it should not be debated until five working days have elapsed from the day on which the motion is included in the Order Book. The MPs should be given the opportunity to read and study the motions during that time, he said.

By Methmalie Dissanayake