The sixteen SLFP ministers who voted for the no-confidence motion against the prime minister decided to resign from their posts tonight and sit in the opposition when Parliament meets after the New Year celebrations.
Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told the Daily Mirror that President Maithripala Sirisena had accepted their letters of resignation.
He said these 16 members would function as an SLFP group in the opposition.
Asked whether they would team up with the joint opposition, he said that question would not arise at the moment. "We will work as a separate group in Parliament," he said.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that it was not ethical for them to stay in the government anymore after voting against the Prime Minister. “As public representatives elected by the people, we feel that we should leave the unity government in which we hold ministerial portfolios,” the minister said.
SLFP Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, S. B. Dissanayake, Lakshman Wasantha Perera, Chandima Weerakodi, Dilan Perera, Susil Premajayantha, Sumedha G. Jayasena, Susantha Punchinilame, Thilanga Sumathipala, Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Dayasiri Jayasekera, W. D. J Seneviratne, Anuradha Jayaratne, T. B. Ekanayake and Tharanath Basnayake are the 16 who voted in favour of the no-confidence-motion. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
The right thing to do. Bravo!!Now will they go through with it?
Samuel Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:26 PM
Jemma Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:22 AM
They can just smell the victory for Pohotuwa next year and time to be nice to MR. Not for the love of country or people
ruwan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:28 PM
what took so long to realize the ethics
S.P.RAMUMAR Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:31 PM
It is wrong decision, Because country will go real political uncertainty.
Hadam Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:11 PM
What do we have now..?
Keith Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:33 PM
They are going not because of ethics or moral reasobs but because they have have been shown the door by tge unp...yipeee
MAD DOG Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:37 PM
It is good for the country. These 16 will certainly join the Rajapakse. Our politicians r only interested in their own agenda. Good luck to our paradise. We will keep on electing these lots to ruin us. Both UNP and SLFP and that new party of RAJAPAKSE are only interested in ruin us.
anon69 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:37 PM
Please go. Thanks. We will not feel a difference.Bye bye.
Godage Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:50 PM
Although a long overdue this will be a turning point in the contemporary politics of Sri Lanka.
Premalal Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:50 PM
I hope that this is a genuine change perceptions of our politicians. Maybe there are some honest politicians after all. Or maybe they have come to realise that the ordinary citizens deserve a better deal.
A.Q.K.Jayamha Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:40 AM
You are very correct;good analysis.
Bala Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:42 AM
Very unlikely the first and not likely the second above. But quite likely that they knew UNP NO-FAITH MOTION WILL PUSH THEM OUT.
Malith Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:52 PM
The beginning of the end.
Gehan Wijesinghe Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:52 PM
Please be more careful about what you write in a leading news stream. It is not " members who voted against the no confidence motion" , rather " who voted in favour of ..."
REEZ Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:48 PM
The news begin with "who voted for the no-confidence motion against the prime minister" I feel its correct.
nimal Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:08 PM
JAYAWEWA. Now its time for UNP to develop solid path and run the government with a backbone
athiy Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:11 PM
It is better to leave since you have no confidence in the PM because anyway in the reshuffle you guys will definitely be thrown out of the cabinet.
Unchikun Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:14 PM
Long overdue. One reason for the current chaos has been these ministers.
will Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:18 PM
your decision to vote for NCM is perfectly correct , no one can vote against it knowing well that PM is too deeply involved in the scam,but why second thought to leave the government , this is sinking ship,soon when UNP will attempt to deliver its promised additional concessions to relevant parties position would be very bad for them,mean while next election would on the door step welcome by public,
Ghaffa Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:21 PM
Yes that's the best idea. Now UNP will have no more problems. This should have done very earlier. Sri Lankan no not know what is unity.
Mohan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30 PM
Thank you .Sri.Lanka.will be better without you
Wise Donkey Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:39 PM
Pack up soon, you don't deserve to be there in the government after voting against the PM where you are a cabinet minister headed by him. No doubt you all tried your best to remain there holding on to your posts. Leave all the perks and luxury cars.
Sincere Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:49 PM
Top news of the decade!
Sincere Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:50 PM
Oh dear. Why did you all wait till midnight? Why not during the evening at least?
stardust Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:51 PM
100% sure they will join SLPP and will get their promised reward. via DM Android App
Sri Mevan Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:13 AM
GROB Parasites, These are corrupt rogues who imported adultered petrol and made a fortune, involved in every nefarious activity. To hell with love.
Sils Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:42 AM
Now that Sirisena is left high and dry, will he dissolve parliament???
BV Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:39 PM
Your knowledge on the constitution is poor.Please note that the president cannot dissolve parliament for four and a half years once a government is elected according to the constitution.
Mute Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:02 AM
Some of these are not really elected by people, they are back door appointees.
Buddhi Perera Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:28 AM
Why does not President remove S. B. Dissanayake, Dilan Perera, Thilanga Sumathipala and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena who were appointed by him thro. the National List? Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says "....... “As public representatives elected by the people, ................." He was not elected by the people.
Mandy Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:45 AM
Excellent comment - good analysis of news item.
Ben Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:32 PM
Excellent comment. S. B. Dissanayake, Thilanga Sumathipala and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena were defeated in the last parliamentary elections and the President Sirisena appointed them as MPs to serve in the unity government. Their continuation as MPs cannot be justified and considered ethical if they leave the government now.
buddika Monday, 16 April 2018 03:26 PM
They have done nothing for the people. Nisi kalata nisi welawatata they are going to jump on to the lap of MR.
Park Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:23 AM
Thank God for little mercies. This is a good lesson to all those untrustworthy, ungrateful, position seeking politicians. We have some "Puss Pundits" too we have to find a way to kick them out as well.
Ram Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:26 AM
Their "VOTE" boomeranged on them. What a Miracle!
Hubert Thursday, 12 April 2018 07:28 AM
ETHICS very strange word in SL politics
Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:37 AM
Dilan, Dayasiri, SB my God they are a weight to the mother land, stupid idiots.
Fedi Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:09 PM
Well done Rajitha. You did it !!
HT Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:11 PM
Now that the vine sports minister has left, can hopefully sort the SLC out too
sil Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:12 PM
Now there are two SLFPs anyway,one with the government including the president and the other faction in opposition,
Kadmin Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:58 PM
Thank you very much. Couldn't ask for more.
Rasa Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:13 PM
Every body is behaving like children, without clear thinking. Grow up with the New Year.
Rakitha Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:57 PM
GROBR.... Great News ever..... sooner than later this scum remove their dirty heads from government....
WISE DONKEY Friday, 13 April 2018 10:48 PM
Total miscalculation, I wonder who gave them the d-rope that NCM will be carried. Dilan and SB over played their confidence and now looking for a rope to hang...........
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