Strong undercurrents are once again rocking the shaky relations between the two coalition partners — the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP).
This is notwithstanding a deceptive lull and momentary distractions. They were caused first by the ethnic violence in the central hills. Though the violence is now under control, despite solemn pledges to end it in a week, the State of Emergency continues creating confusion in world capitals, spawning in its wake the worst publicity in recent times for Sri Lanka and its rulers.
They are also still limping after shooting themselves in the foot over the ill-advised ban on the social media. The same leaders vowed when in Opposition not to destroy the ‘post office’ or ‘kill the postman’ merely because a man commits suicide after receiving a letter from an estranged girlfriend. Yet, the heat from the bad publicity was far too much to bear. Lost on them, is a possible overload of bad information in the weeks and months to come, swallowed either by arrogance of power or the ignorance of good governance.
By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA
The Prime Minister is facing two motions of no-confidence, not just the one. One is formal the other informal but no less real. Each one deals with one of the two aspects that go to constitute the PM’s public life. The two motions of no-confidence, the first de jure and the second de facto, are the motion that will manifest itself in Parliament, and the other, the mounting and increasingly public dissent within the UNP, which is rising up from below.
The no-confidence motion pertains to Mr. Wickremesinghe’s conduct in Government. Whether or not it secures the requisite numbers, the very move means that his Prime Ministership is leaking lifeblood because the signatories and probable voters include members of his Cabinet. To be sure these are members of his coalition partner the SLFP. But that’s cold
The JVP would not to sign the no-confidence motion to be moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, JVP sources told The Island yesterday.
JVP sources, however, said they would support the motion if it cited as one of the reasons for trying to oust the PM the delay on his part to take action against those behind large scale irregularities during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration. Given the fact that the JO comprised Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists such a clause being included in the motion was highly unlikely, sources said.
A senior JVP member said: “The party will look at the content of the motion and decide what to do. Our belief is that the main reason for people and Parliament losing faith in Wickremesinghe is the delay in investigating the instances of mega corruption during the Rajapaksa administration and punishing the culprits. The re government obtained a popular mandate to do so and the PM has acted in violation of it.”
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Joint Opposition will hand over a Motion of No -Confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this week. Rajapaksa told CeylonToday last evening that there was “much enthusiasm” among Members of Parliament to sign the Motion.
He said efforts to have more MPs sign the document are underway since the collection of signatures began last Friday.