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The no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister is illegal because such a motion cannot be brought against him under Section 30 of the Constitution, UNP MP Ashu Marasinghe told a media conference.

He said such a motion had to be against the Government and the President as stated by Section 43 of the Constitution.

“Government, as defined in this Section, comprises the President, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. According to the Constitution, the President is considered a member of the Cabinet,” Dr. Marasinghe said and added that the UNP however, would defeat this motion.

He said this motion was a part of a larger conspiracy by the joint opposition with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being targetted next followed by an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena.

Referring to a statement made by State Minister Palitha Range Bandara that more than 20 UNP MPs would vote in favour of the motion, Dr. Marasinghe said what Mr. Bandara had not mentioned was that UNPers would consider voting for the motion if the party was not reorganized before April 4.

He said the party’s reorganization would go parallel with the party’s plans to defeat the no-confidence motion. “UNP will be reorganized before the National New Year,” the MP said and added that it was the UNP which wanted the no-confidence motion debated on April 4 while those in the JO wanted it taken up before the National New Year.

UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi said those who brought the no-confidence motion are the ones who are charged with financial crimes and pointed out that the cases of corruption would be expedited through the Judicature Bill.

The two MPs said if anyone in the government voted in favour of the motion they would have to sit in the opposition. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • Jude Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:31 AM

    Hey this whole NF motion saga proves one thing!!! Most politicians allegiance could be bought for Money!! And some UNP members wants to Enjoy Best of Both Worlds!!!

    Chathurangii Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:45 AM

    This man is insulting the professorship He is not suitable to bear that status He can’t understand even a simple matter

    varunadhar Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:32 AM

    What is that "simple matter?" He has cited the relevant section of the constitution. So, he is arguing with facts. What is your counter argument?

    Atha Katha Colomba Thillakay Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:58 AM

    Totally Dr. Marasinghe's statement is a flop. May be Ranil would have offered him a big package out of Arjun Mahendran's easy money.

    Raji Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:04 AM

    Or really, is that so??? So according to your brain, under our constitution No confidence motions can be brought against Ministers and President but only the Prime Minister is immune from such acts.

    Machan Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:27 AM

    Lol. Well said.

    B.B. Marasingha Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:32 AM

    If asked for SC opinion, it would get......yet no parallel reorg process taken place?

    Fedi Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:38 AM

    You marry for life time but you still can divorce !. You become PM just for 5 years but you cant remove him by majority of votes. Are you saying that if a PM becomes unconscious ( not hoping just as a example only ) and wont be able to resign because he is not aware of responding, we will still have to keep him as a PM ?

    hans perlee Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:44 AM

    No idea wat schooltrhis man went to, but it must have been a free school. If he payed for his education, ask your money back Sir. You are so very wrong. But no problem, you are not alone. Plenty of company of people who think they have a brain.

    Manu Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:45 AM

    This man is coming from moon or what?. These are the people don't want the SL to develop. He might have got 100mn to do this.

    Manu Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:52 AM

    Hello, Sir NCM must be brought against the whole UNP gang. it came to power through back door and not elected by people. It is a big shame why this man is not resigning. Shamless PM.

    Fedi Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:56 AM

    champagne lifestyle..champagne thinking ! Not long to go Professor.

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