Govt. ready to defeat NCM if UNF-led alliance adheres to protocols: SB

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If the UNF-led political alliance follows proper Parliamentary procedures and Standing Orders when bringing in a no-confidence motion (NCM) against the government and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government is ready to face it and defeat it, Chief Whip and Highways Minister S.B. Dissanayake said today.

He said the government would easily secure a minimum of 125 votes in Parliament to defeat the NCM.

Addressing the media at his office, the minister said the UNP-led alliance against the government could hand over the NCM to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya after Parliament met this afternoon and ask for an early date for the debate and vote.

“The NCM must remain in the Order Book for a minimum of five days. The party leaders must then decide a date for the debate and vote at the Business Committee meeting. Usually, an NCM can be given an early date for debate on the priority basis and we are ready to accept the outcome of the NCM if and when it is debated and voted. EPDP leader Douglas Devananda will bring three members to the government from the North. M.L.M. Hizbullah will bring another three. There will be three others joining the government from Mano Ganesan’s and Palani Digambaram’s parties. Arumugam Thondaman will bring five members to expand the government to 125. The UNP will be reduced to 65 and will fail to garner the magic number of 113 even with the support of the TNA, JVP, SLMC and ACMC. However, we are not ready to loosen the government from our grip. We will continue to rule the country. There will be selling and buying of members in days to come once again," he said. The minister said Speaker Jayasuriya acted arbitrarily on Wednesday and violated Parliamentary proceedings and Standing Orders. He said lawyers representing the government should have asked the Supreme Court for an injunction against the reconvening of Parliament until the final determination of the case and admitted it was a mistake on the part of the counsel of the government.

"The counsel arguing the case on behalf of the government will make a request to the Supreme Court for a bigger bench of five or seven judges or even more," he said. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Susanthika Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:33 PM

    Hello S B are you an ELECTED member of Parliament to speak in this righteous manner?

    idi Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:12 PM

    Who took this monkey out of the dust bin again???

    Karu Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:33 PM

    Looks like you are counting the six faces of Arumugam Thondaman as his name suggests in Tamil. Must be a costly deal. Bravo

    Shas Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:38 PM

    ewww. shame on sri lankans who voted for him

    Anton Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:39 PM

    The idiot who started all this by poisoning the minds of the gullible!

    podipuththa Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:39 PM

    another modaya.

    Dee Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:41 PM

    Range Da? Mamath Ennada?

    Saman Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:43 PM

    Fantastic beasts and crimes of Grindelwald premiering tomorrow. Now I am in two minds which magic show to watch tomorrow.

    ppp Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:44 PM

    You are not the govt.

    Chryshan K. Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:44 PM

    Who is this ගෙම්බා. I am sure he cannot count to 125.If you had a majority you should have proved long ago without hiding and pelting stones.

    Lankaboy Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:47 PM

    See the chairs they are sitting on.. All are expensive

    Lankan Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:50 PM

    Meeeee Rangada?

    Zub Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:51 PM

    Who takes you seriously. The biggest liar and a fellow who couldn't defend his own constituency.

    Nuwan Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:59 PM

    This man is a disgrace. Has no integrity.

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:16 PM

    There are no words to describe such a creature. Shocking that the taxpayer is obliged to pay his salary. To think MS rescued him via the National List.

    Saranga Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:18 PM

    Go homeHad enoughNo more time

    Suresh Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:19 PM

    Hello Range.,,,,

    Sunil Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:28 PM

    Firstly you're not a legal govt minister, public to listen. A crab talker only, Get lost.

    idi Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:03 PM

    There is no Prime Minister or any Ministers now to prove anything. The vote was taken

    Sri Lankan Friday, 16 November 2018 09:37 AM

    this humbug is a PIN Minister and will try to move Guy Falk's Day for Sri Lanka to November 16. God save our Motherland!!!

    Cy Gunasekara Friday, 16 November 2018 06:11 PM

    What a joke. Waiting to see you go home the first!

    bert Friday, 16 November 2018 08:16 PM

    Hey Guys ,Thanks for you all comments. Very much appreciated. There is a proper english word to call people like him. Bastard.


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