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Ready to form caretaker Govt. if UNP agrees: Lakshman Yapa

24 November 2018 10:21 am - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government said yesterday it was ready to form a caretaker government with the United National Party (UNP) if it agrees on a general election.

MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said their ultimate goal was to hold a general election.

“If the UNP is not in favour of going for an election when we are in power, we invite them to join us and form a caretaker government. Under a caretaker government which would be formed with the representatives of all parties, we can go for a general election. If the UNP agrees today, we are ready to do this without any conditions,” he said.

The MP said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would never object to an election and that he was not keen on holding on to the prime ministerial post.

“If the UNP and others want to appoint someone else as the Prime Minister of the caretaker government, we are ready to accept that. However, the President opposed to Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. Therefore, the UNP might have to look for other options,” he said.

Meanwhile, he criticized the conduct of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and said the Speaker was acting with a ‘common candidate’ dream in his mind.

“Speaker Jayasuriya wants to be popular among the UNP crowd because he once left the party. Now is his chance to seize the opportunity and muster the support of the people to become a common candidate,” the MP said.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 36

  • Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:36 PM

    Why should the legal government under Ranil agree with a caretaker government if it has the majority in parliament, which has been proven twice?

    JVP Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:52 PM

    Ha ha ha... What a loosers!! MS n MR

    das Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:05 PM

    General elections are illegal until 4 1/2 years have elapsed

    janaka Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:31 PM

    Why What happened to your 113 Members ? Your can't form even a Care Taker Government Talking Big , Its right time to MS to resign and go to the Paddy field and do his Kuburra.

    Gune Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:41 PM

    Don’t agree. Why should the people accept a fake gov to be apart of a caretaker gov. First restore the legitimate gov and then negotiate early polls. The UNF should take the challenge as people are fed-up with the undemocratic manner in which MR was appointed.

    ravin Saturday, 24 November 2018 03:19 PM

    From now onward eating / making/using the word "hoppers" is banned in Sri Lanka until such time to be announce.

    Uprising Saturday, 24 November 2018 03:34 PM

    No need for an election until 2020. There is no people uprising for that. It is just MS

    lakshitha Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:40 PM

    U are absolutely right

    Wise Donkey Saturday, 24 November 2018 03:46 PM

    Oh I see, finally he has thrown the towel into the ring!

    JRDW Saturday, 24 November 2018 03:53 PM

    Is this all about UNP or SLFP or SLPP. When will they action on What the common man is needed. A good education for his kids. A good health care system. A good economy that will not burden him to go beg, borrow or steel. When we will have a leader who will look at these things. What we see now is just pure power hungry individuals wearing the democratic suit to get back into power and steal from the poor man. They never will understand that what goes around comes around.

    Hodha Hitha Saturday, 24 November 2018 04:32 PM

    No thank you Dinesh. When you don't have the majority only your big man MR offers.

    Roger54 Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:00 PM

    Now listen to this guy. He wants to get help from the UNP . Why for the love of the people? Wr wont be fooled anymore. Big talker but nil productivity

    Chux Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:15 PM

    Sit in the opposition without begging

    ameer Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:22 PM

    No need of caretaker, please tell President to give one more chance to RW and let the people to punish him at next election. A leader will tell like this

    De Silva Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:29 PM

    Wishful thinking

    isuru Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:57 PM

    I never ever thought you have such type of bright ideas..???

    Siv Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:10 PM

    This is like you steal some once mo ey and then ask the victim to share with the thief.. wonderfull... good example for young generation... funny..

    wirantha Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:42 PM

    very correct,,the damn fool thinks people of this country are fools

    Hubert Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:10 PM

    Saboteurs must reseal the crime committed against the nation and vamoose

    Nadral Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:15 PM

    Yes because you have no majority you cannot be the govt. Alternative is to join with somebody and be there. Please let their turm end and face an election. Dont make this country a laughing stock.

    Sambo Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:16 PM

    Why do you need a caretaker government when there was a legitimate government and your president messed it up. So now you have come to the point where you realize what has happened.

    Shan Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:22 PM

    Lol y u need election while ppl gave mandate to govern them until 2020 . And why the government with u guys . Ppl gave mandate for Unp let them to govern

    TD Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:39 PM


    Ping Gona Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:41 PM

    Why don't to pack up and get lost with your Bungling pack of baboons you lame brained twit!

    Hon. Arnolis Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:31 PM

    They don't take care of anyone or anything other than themselves.

    concern Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:33 PM

    It is a good suggestion for the sake of the country and for the citizens. Both parties should get together and move forward. At present we are moving backwards and it will take years to recover the damage done.Enough throwing rocks at each other. If both the parties get together we know that they are concern about the country otherwise they are more interested for their own interests and don't give a two hoots to the country.

    Mandy Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:15 PM

    It is not a good suggestion because then we are forgetting the unconstitutional act of the President. First settle that. Now you are stuck and trying to play for draw.

    Lion Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:36 PM

    So MR will take care of what?

    Shameer Saturday, 24 November 2018 08:08 PM

    What nonsense. If UNP agreed to this, I will not vote for UNP again. No point in voting for a spineless party.

    sandy123 Saturday, 24 November 2018 08:38 PM


    exg141 Saturday, 24 November 2018 08:41 PM

    This is the best time to have Presidential election. All these political commotions were created by the President with the sinister intention of getting elected for the second term. The time is opportune to prove that the people are ready to accept the story of the President.

    nimeshika Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:44 PM

    Absoultely right ,,we are eagerly waiting for the chance to throw that buffon Sirisena out of office

    Dhammika Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:11 PM

    YAPA .Go and do a job and make a living rather than living on the POOR mans lives . DISGRACEFULL .

    Jaya Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:46 PM

    MR in live because of SF. SF now not with MR to save his life from MS.

    parakum Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:03 PM

    UNP can TAKE CARE of this nation no need of a CARETAKER Govt with you THIEVES in it.

    yahapalana Monday, 26 November 2018 10:05 AM

    yes...yes...somehow grab the power and ruin the county to the bottom, starting from where you have stopped...!!!

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