Gammanpilla shows confidence against No-Confidence Motion
By Thameenah Razeek
Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila, claiming that the Opposition’s no-confidence motion is a child’s letter, said the motion has many flaws which he will expose soon and that the substance does not correspond. When asked if a no-confidence motion had been handed over to him, the Minister stated that he had received a copy from an MP who signed it.
In a context where the Opposition Leader has made a written statement saying that it is the Government, not Gammanpila, who should resign, he said a group of Opposition MPs bringing a no-confidence motion against him means that one of the Opposition’s factions has no faith in the statement made by the Leader of the Opposition.
“As a result, I don’t see this as a no-confidence move against me, but rather a no-confidence move against the Leader of the Opposition,” he said. When asked if he is afraid of a no-confidence motion, he pointed out that one was filed against him during his time as a Provincial Minister and that he was able to defeat it with the help of the ruling party and the opposition.
“I’ve dealt well with and defeated no-confidence motions in the past. Through this motion of no confidence, the opposition’s political inexperience has been exposed,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile, he was asked if it was unethical for him to continue as Energy Minister despite receiving a no-confidence motion, to which he responded that his attacker put his courage and ability to the test; pointing out that SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam’s statement showed him that the people of the country are with him through such issues and that his fellow MPs, President and Prime Minister are with him.
“So thank you very much, Kariyawasam, for making such a speech and for demonstrating my strength and encouragement to the world, he said while taking part in the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s handover of ICU beds to the Colombo East Base Hospital’s (Mulleriyawa Hospital) Intensive Care Unit yesterday (16).
Gammanpila said that the country is currently in a major crisis and that the pandemic has been Sri Lanka’s greatest struggle since independence. “The Government alone will not be able to combat this pandemic, which kills people of all races, religions, castes, and political parties. Regardless of disagreements, the entire country must unify against the COVID-19 threat”.