The Mahinda group yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case.
Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said respondents have a right to request for a full-judge bench comprising nine to 11 Judges to hear a case. “People should note that the Supreme Court has not yet made a final decision on the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament. The final ruling will be made on December 7. There is no finality in the matter as of yet,” he said.
A journalist said that if Mahinda group were able to buy MP’s from the Ranil’s group paying millions of US dollors and giving a Ministerial post, they wont have any problem in buying Judges from the proposed ‘Full Judge Bench’ , The price of a judge to support Mahinda may be ”Millions of US Dollors and a diplomatic post”.
- Minister Siripala said that even if the No confidence motion on Mahinda is won the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya cannot appoint a new Prime Minister by reconvening parliament. Under the Constitution, only the President can appoint a Premier or other ministers, and President Maithiri will not appoint Ranil has the New PM. “Even if the Speaker appoints a purported Prime Minister, the appointment is not valid. If the Opposition parties aspire to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Prime Minister post, they will have to bring in a no-confidence motion (NCM) against him. The NCM has to be included in the order book for five days, taken up for a debate followed by a vote. This is the only way available to remove a Premier,” he said.
- Minister Susil Premajayantha said no one has challenged in the Supreme Court the gazette issued by the President appointing Mr. Rajapaksa as the Premier and therefore, there is no impact on the Premiership by the interim order.
- Meanwhile, Minister Dinesh Gunawardana said only the gazette which was issued dissolving parliament has been suspended and that it had no effect on the election which is scheduled to be held in January.
Why dint they say that when President resolved the Ranil government that it was against the constitution? It is obvious that Mahinda and his family members and Ministers around Mahinda are who wants to hold on to their ministerial posts and wants to manipulate the constitution to their personal benefit.