Dissolution of parliament to escape no-faith motions and COPE report on bond scam - SLFP

If parliament is dissolved at this juncture all of us will join Mahinda – Arundika


By Saman Indrajith

Dissolving parliament in order to escape from no-faith motions and to prevent the presentation of an interim report by the parliamentary watchdog committee, COPE, on the Central Bank bond scam would go down in the country’s history as the most shameful act, UPFA Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at the Parliament complex, the former minister said there were reports of an imminent dissolution of Parliament.

"The government is confronted with the problem of no-confidence motions, one against the Prime Minister and the other against the Finance Minister. There is also an interim report to be presented by the COPE on the Central Bank bond scam. The government wants to escape both of them and has run out of options except dissolving Parliament," MP Alahapperuma said.

The government had approached President Maithripala Sirisena and requested him to prorogue Parliament, Alahapperuma said. "You know that the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa did the same in the past because once Parliament is prorogued no-faith motions in the order book would automatically be thrown out. President Sirisena has rejected the government’s request. Thereafter, the government tried to buy over Opposition MPs promising ministerial portfolios if they withdrew their signatures from the motions by tendering affidavits. Our MPs turned down those offers. Now, the government has only one option – to get Parliament dissolved," Alahapperuma said.

The MP said that the US State Department, an ally of the incumbent UNP government, had issued a report on LTTE revival and regrouping. "They are raising funds and purchasing weapons. This is a great security threat that we cannot overlook. In this situation, there are serious threats against the lives of former President, incumbent President, former Defence Secretary, former army commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetilake and many others. But, the government does not consider this LTTE revival as a threat. We hold the government responsible for the security of those who liberated the country from terrorism. The government instead is planning to bring here pro-LTTE groups and hold tamashas for them," he said.

UPFA Puttalam District MP Arundika Fernando said: President Sirisena is the leader of our party. If he dissolves Parliament now to help UNP to save its skin, that is against our party interests. If the party leader acts against party interests and helps another party, then we will be compelled to listen to our electorates that we should come as a different team under the leadership of former President Rajapaksa at the forthcoming elections.

MPs Ranjith de Zoysa, Janaka Wakkumbura and Dilum Amunugama also addressed the media.

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