UNP Catholic MPs vary on no-confidence motion

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UNP Catholic MPs vary on the no confidence motion which was brought against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen by the joint opposition. Some UNP Catholic MPs are likely to vote in favour of the no confidence motion against Bathiudeen, the Daily Mirror learns.

UNP MP for Gampaha District Dr. Kavinda Jayawardene said he will seek the advice of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith before deciding on his vote.

Dr. Jayawardene said he will also have to see the pulse of Catholic community as well. “My vote may go against Minister Bathiudeen,” he said at the same time.

UNP MP for Puttalam District Hector Appuhamy said he too would decide on the pulse of the people. “People talk much about Minister Bathiudeen. I too think that he should resign from his post. I will focus on the country when deciding on my vote,” the MP stressed.

State Minister Niroshan Perera said he will also have to vote in favour of the motion. “I have studied the motion and since the Army Commander has said Minister’s action enabled the terrorists to carry out Easter Sunday attacks, I will be compelled to vote in favour of the motion,” he said.

Minister of Sports and Foreign Employment Promotion, Harin Fernando who is also a Catholic said one must look at the charges made against Minister Bathiudeen in the no confidence motion before making a decision.

Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga said he will go along with the party line where the no confidence motion is concerned. “ I will abide with whatever stand my party takes with regard to the motion,” he said.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake said it is a matter whether Minister Bathiudeen has really helped the terrorists or not.

“If he has really helped the terrorists and it is proven, it would be a different matter. However, one cannot vote in favour of the motion if it is a scandalous one. What happens usually in this country is that no confidence motions are brought against those who work in a scandalous way,” he said.

There are six Catholic MPs in the UNP currently. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Judge Friday, 17 May 2019 06:26 AM

    Use the same yard stick for all his godfathers of the present and the past.

    Lakshman Liyanarachchy Friday, 17 May 2019 07:01 AM

    It should not matter whether you are a Catholic or not.. If you are absolutely certain that the person is quite innocent of any act of omission or commission re aiding or abetting the terrorists then you must vote against. Party or religion should not come in to it

    Sil Friday, 17 May 2019 07:06 AM

    Rishard has linked to this drastic event heavily,he should answerable to this unnecessary massacre after arrest, if some MP due to political reasons support him we have to consider he, himself as a traitor.

    Lakshman Liyanarachchy Friday, 17 May 2019 07:07 AM

    Well said Mr JA you are only being your usual self . Always looking after number 1.

    ANTON Friday, 17 May 2019 07:13 AM

    VISAKURU SATHAAA ........... DUTU THANA NOMARATHI MOODAYAAA.........

    Sambo Friday, 17 May 2019 07:21 AM

    So are we supposed to believe those who don't want to vote against him may have gains from him. If he is guilty then you have to prove him guilty. Don't take political mileage out of this. its a serious matter for concern.

    Venom Friday, 17 May 2019 07:28 AM

    Bathiudeen's 'request' to the Army Commander to release a terrorist suspect is excuse to fodder for the NCM, nay, to slam him in jail but first let us examine the hands of all those without an ounce of blood and dirt who'd sign it!!!

    Gp Friday, 17 May 2019 07:36 AM

    Please don't bring religion to politics.....

    Nimal Friday, 17 May 2019 08:19 AM

    If Cardinal's views are to be sought for a Parliamentary process, the best solution is to bring the Cardinal into the Parliament.

    kumar Friday, 17 May 2019 02:11 PM

    Archbishop said that he will not involve in politics. Then why you are asking his opinion? I think these guys are pulling Archbishop in to politics for their own gain.


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