SLFP proposes ‘broader national’ govt. without Ranil as Premier
Posted on March 28th, 2018

The SLFP yesterday proposed a broader coalition sans UNP leader and PM Wickremesinghe to implement President Maithripala Sirisena’s 2015 mandate.

Addressing a packed SLFP auditorium at T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S. B. Dissanayake said the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against PM Wickremesinghe would give Parliament an opportunity to replace the PM.

The NCM handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on March 23 holds the PM Wickremesinghe responsible for Treasury bond scams in 2015 and 2016.

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Having complained to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) against treasury bond scams and then supported investigations undertaken by the Committee on Public Enterprises (CoPE) into the fraud, the SLFP couldn’t refrain from voting for the NCM, Dissanayake said.

UPFA National List MP and Deputy Speaker Tilanga Sumathipala endorsed Dissanayake’s stand. The absence of SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, however, raised many eyebrows.

Dissanayake stressed that PM Wickremesinghe’s complicity in treasury bond scams couldn’t be ignored. The minister also referred to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry report on the treasury bond scams while recollecting Wickremesinghe demanding the appointment of Singaporean Arjuna Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank in January 2015.

The SLFP Treasurer declared that the NCM was aimed at an individual and certainly not the President and the government.

The Island sought an explanation as to the culpability on the part of the top SLFP leadership in the far bigger second treasury bond scam.

Dissanayake said that as the main coalition partner, the UNP had enjoyed overriding power and couldn’t be reined in. Dissanayaka admitted that the SLFP lacked the strength to take remedial measures. The National List MP said so when The Island pointed out that President Sirisena had saved those responsible for 2015 bond scam by preventing the presentation of the COPE report on the CB heist by dissolving Parliament, then re-appointing Ravi Karunanayake as the finance minister in the run-up to 2016 scam. The Presidential Commission was set up in January 2016.

Fielding a query from the electronic media, Dissanayake said that it would be the UNP’s prerogative to name Wickremesinghe’s successor. Dissanayake and Sumathipala refused to be drawn on the possibility of Law and Order Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara succeeding Wickremesinghe. The SLFP had no recommendation or proposal regarding who should be Wickremesinghe’s successor, they said.

Dissanayake said that they were hopeful of a consensus on the NCM against Wickremesinghe. They, however, declined to confirm whether President Maithripala Sirisena had officially endorsed the move against Wickremesinghe. Sirisena’s parliamentary group consists of 44 members.

Dissanayake said that the SLFP understood that far reaching changes were expected by the people and major political parties.

Sumathipala said that the vote on the NCM would take place on April 4 after 9 pm. Asked whether it was likely to be a secret vote, Sumathipala said that had to be decided by Parliament by way of a vote.

Dissanayake stressed that the SLFP didn’t want to topple the government. Referring to the debilitating setback suffered by coalition partners at the Feb 10 local government polls, Dissanayake said that the SLFP didn’t want to topple the government. The Feb. 10 result had compelled them to explore the ways and means of effecting changes, he said, pointing out that though a large section of the UNP desired critical changes, they had failed to achieve that objective.

6 Responses to “SLFP proposes ‘broader national’ govt. without Ranil as Premier”

  1. ranjit Says:

    This no confidence motion is not against one individual personally but an individual who has done so many wrongdoings as the prime minister of a democratic country. He is guilty on all accounts as he was the man who started all this mess. If the government wants to punish thieves who has looted the government coffers then they must start with this Yamapalanaya prime minister first because this is the history’s biggest robbery “The central bank bond scam”.
    Supporting this horrible treacherous man means we are approving his wrongdoings. This is not a question of a party or a colour, this is daylight robbery and the guilty should be punished therefore this is the chance for every one in either parties to show whether they are with the thief or against of the wrongdoings mentioned in the no confidence motion. The real Hora should be exposed on April 4th and show the whole world that we fearlessly punished the culprit for the good of the country.

  2. Nanda Says:

    “….he was the man who started all this mess.”

    Mess was started back in 1989 at Batalanda. Why are his opponents not pushing with justice for those kids who were killed ( some could have been JVP , some innocent) ? That is the key issue. Monster has been eveloved to ‘clean man’. No one cared.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Pal-Hora Para-Gathi Aga-MathI is the LEADER of the Gang of 40-Thieves who are STILL ROBBING our Motherland!

    Those among the 40-Thieves busily DISMANTLING our Motherland, like Malik Samaraweera, Avamangala Samaraweera and Ravi Karunanayagam, are just as bad.

    All of these enemies of the Nation must SOON be HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Bond Scam is ONLY ONE of the major disasters this PM has PRESIDED OVER and HAPPILY ORCHESTRATED!

    The THREACHEROUS ACTIONS of this AWFUL Yamapalanaya has taken a THRIVING RAPIDLY PROGRESS IN Nation and EVISCERATED and GUTTED it DELIBERATELY!

    While the GUTTING was going on, that other half of the two MAIN CULRIPTS, BACKSTABBER-in-CHIEF, the PANA-NATHI JANA-PATHI preached sermons from the Presidential Podium!

    NEVER has Sri Lanka SUFFERED SO MUCH FOR SO LONG the hands of a pair of TREACHEROUS THIEVING CROOKS!

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    We wonder whose will is operating in Lanka ?
    Lankan will or foreign will ?

  6. Christie Says:

    “The SLFP yesterday proposed a broader coalition sans UNP leader and PM Wickremesinghe to implement President Maithripala Sirisena’s 2015 mandate.”

    Date has become three years.

    India and Indian Colonial Parasites got more than they have bargained for.

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