By Skandha Gunasekara
The much-anticipated NoConfidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the third such NoConfidence motion against a premier in Parliament history, was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday by former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The former President, along with a group of Joint Opposition MPs, submitted the motion – containing14 allegations against the Premier – tothe Speaker around 2:30p.m. last afternoon.
The motion was signed by 51 Joint Opposition MPs and four SLFP MPs, including three Government Ministers.
Submission of a No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by the Joint Opposition Group (JO) in the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday has ironically put President Maithripala Sirisena in a fix.
Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has 41 members in parliament, the majority of whom would like to back the NCM because the party has been in daily confrontation with the Prime Minister and his United National Party (UNP) in the coalition government.
“SLFPers” as they are called in the local parlance, would like to align themselves with the JO, which is composed of a breakaway group of the SLFP and like-minded MPs led by the charismatic former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The 41 MPs of the SLFP are dreaming of a day when the two factions of the party unite and form an SLFP-led government getting rid of the UNP which is seen as being too Rightist and too pro-West.