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Only option for the PM is to step down: Dilan

30 March 2018 06:26 pm - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The only option to prevent the removal of the prime minister on a no-confidence motion and protect the yahapalana government was for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down before April 4, State Minister Dilan Perera said today.

He said the UPFA, SLFP and the UNP wanted to protect the government and continue till 2020 but the only roadblock was the Prime Minister and therefore he should resign from the post and save himself, President Maithripala Sirisena, the government and the country from embarrassment and indignity.

The state minister told a media conference no one wants an election or to topple the government but for more that two and half years the SLFP did its best to minimize the damages caused by the bond scam to the economy, country and to good governance but the PM blocked them all.

"The constituent partners of good governance like the TNA, the SLMC, the ACMC, the National Union of Workers and the Democratic People’s Front must vote for the motion if they want to save the government," the state minister said. “We wanted political and legal measures against perpetrators of the bond scam and the damages recovered. Nothing happened. Then we proposed to the President to appoint a committee and the result was a 11-member committee led by Minister Nimal Siriripala De Silva. We submitted a report after a thorough inquiry of the bond scandal. Most of the allegations in the motion against the Prime Minister were based on the findings of this report. Legal and political remedial measures on the bond scandal have started now.”

Commenting on Minister Wajira Abeywardana's comments that the Premier could be replaced only if he commited suicide, was assassinated or stepped down was wrong because the President was mandated to appoint a Prime Minister if and when a no-confidence motion was passed in Parliament. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  Comments - 36

  • TONY Friday, 30 March 2018 07:18 PM


    Wise Donkey Friday, 30 March 2018 09:04 PM

    Tell us Dilan, what will you do when your NCM is beaten?

    rew Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:11 PM

    Big mouths on parade.

    GC Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:32 PM

    It's laughable and incredulous when a man who lost at the general election and entered the parliament effectively through the back door is attempting to vote out the PM who not only got elected with a vast majority but led the party that has the largest number of MPs. Don't people like Dilan have no shame?

    Sunil Friday, 30 March 2018 07:23 PM

    Exactly. The PM has failed so miserably. No other PM of Sir Lanka has failed so badly. He has been making a futile attempt to protect the central bank robbers which includes a former minister. He should leave now without ruining the nation further.

    dulan Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:15 AM

    Oh u forget Ds who planted his son and broke the party, Banda who brought Sinhala only , Sirimavo who was chased out badly , JR who slept when Colombo burned? etc

    Sirisena Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:16 AM

    I think you are saying even that shivering jayaratne was better than him?

    Athula Friday, 30 March 2018 07:40 PM

    The PM wants to ensure three things: 1. The President's party should not continue to be in power after he quits. 2. Sajith should not have a cakewalk. 3. To show that there are more SLFP MPs with him than the President.

    Stephen Friday, 30 March 2018 07:43 PM

    Ha ha haaa. He knows the truth in the saying: Honey there's power in money.

    Park Friday, 30 March 2018 08:24 PM

    Rogues came into Govt after supporting Mahinda have no right to ask for votes supporting NCM as they themselves are Ministers and MPs only because of Ranil. Shameless traitors.

    Dhammika Friday, 30 March 2018 08:53 PM

    PM doesnt want to step down.

    Dee Friday, 30 March 2018 09:34 PM

    He. He. Hay!

    Banda Friday, 30 March 2018 10:00 PM

    You people are national list robbers... Stand in front of a clean mirror to see you once again... Dust bin will do a better job for you all next time...

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:58 AM

    Only option you go and joint with MR, Otherwise Entire government including President must be resigned. No need to resign PM who was selected by People of this country. Not by you SLFPers.

    Gemba Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:01 AM

    Ha ha! Look who's talking -- the backdoor boys! Lol...!

    CITIZEN Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:15 AM

    HOLD your hands under him and wait! You are quite capable of holding falling balls!!!

    rohani Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:16 AM


    Roshan Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:28 AM

    Theis similar type of people indirectly supporting mahinda didn't allow the give to function and that's partly a reason for non performance..they should have put dilan for for employment ministry fund issue..these corrupts wants their cases unheard by hookor crook.were there no big corruption in MR government..

    simon Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:49 AM

    The UNP could have formed their own government in August 2015 but RW kept his promise by inviting you guys to form good governance rule. But what did you do? Each and every opportunity you got - you stood behind cameras and criticized RW and the Government directly or indirectly. Citizens cannot be hoodwinked by you backbiting double headed vipers! People like you must be kicked out by any future government. This is the only chance that current government have to take this country to the next level and as citizens we pray that the NCM will be defeated.

    saman Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:50 AM

    Crucification of another 'saviour' in the name of other's sins!

    Nathan Saturday, 31 March 2018 10:42 AM

    He is no 1 thief

    Dayan Saturday, 31 March 2018 10:54 AM

    Only option Dilan having is the bottle of poison after 04th.

    Buddhika Lokubandara Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:08 AM

    OK, after the PM steps down, are you bringing all the rogues and murderers back to power? We can see how you people have been minting money during the previous government and you have amassed wealth for the next 10 generations, individually, you certainly will not like honest people ruling a country. A rogue is a rogue; but the one who supports the bandit is far more worse.

    REYNOLD ABEYKOON Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:23 AM

    Hey Dilan .Firstly remember you came to the parliament through the back door.it applies to your esteem colleagues such as SB as well .This is the only things you guys can shout about as nobody respects you and the rest of cronies.

    Jaliya Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:36 AM

    This man need to sober up... he looks intoxicated or addicted to illegal substances. Get the paint thinner out of your system with a decent haircut before comment on an issue that is critical to the economy of SLK. RW cannot be held accountable for bond scam alone, RK AM were equally if not more responsible for what has happened.

    Premalal Saturday, 31 March 2018 01:52 PM

    Unfortunately, the option available for the citizens of this nation is MR. Not a very promising prospect.

    Aliya Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:59 PM

    Even if the prospects are bleak, why we need to turn to MR ?

    Kerching Monday, 02 April 2018 10:54 AM

    Well said ...voters are like goldfish...very short memories ,and will vote for whoever offers them instant change ,regardless of whether it is good for the whole country or just the select elite

    Jigsaw Jakson Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:42 PM

    Pm should have listened to Prof and migrated to London 10 years ago.

    Anthony Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:08 PM

    Hon. RW, show every one that you are not power hungry or a rogue being a long standing politician, you have done your best for the country, and one of the most educated personals and also one person who could meet any big shot in the western or say the whole world. Its sad due to your kind heart people have taken you for a ride, by that people are throwing dirt on you. Step down make sure the next Prime Minister Should be from the UNP, and prove your self and contest the Presidential Election.

    Lokka Saturday, 31 March 2018 05:42 PM

    What are you talking? You lost last election and came to Parliament through back door but RW elected with half a million preferential votes

    mad dog Saturday, 31 March 2018 07:37 PM

    Dilan, I totally agree with you. Ranil is not fit to be a PM. He is protecting your ex bosses namely Mahinda, Gota and Basil. The country is going backwards. thanks to your ex bosses. Let them take over the country and ruin all of us. That is what you and your other crooks want.

    Samson Saturday, 31 March 2018 07:54 PM

    You are from the backdoor. You are in favour of the NCM, which will not succeed, so you should quit, if not you will get thrown out after the 5th. Also no doubt PM must go after he wins the NCM.

    Buddhi Perera Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:07 PM

    Shameless people. All three have allegations against them (files are with MR). I'm not a supporter of RW, but these jokers have no right to tell RW what to do.

    Don Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:49 PM

    Why not Bigmouths Dilan, Prema-Jayantha leave the government before they are kicked out?

    Ben Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:54 PM

    Why not all the half baked uneducated guys leave the house and let some others help to run the government.

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