The SLFP ministers, state and deputy ministers, who voted for the no-confidence motion will remain in the yahapalana government to protect and support party leader and President, Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA General Secretary and Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera said today.
He said they were prepared to quit the government if and when the SLFP Central Committee decided they should do so.
“I have been extremely disappointed and hurt over the utterances made by those who voted for the no-confidence motion. I wonder whether it was with them that we worked in the unity government and in the same cabinet during the past three years,” the minister said when commenting on the derogatory statements made by some of them.
He said the situation had changed dramatically by the morning of April 4, the day of voting when the political parties and MPs were aware of the fate of the no-confidence motion. "The SLFP and joint opposition members knew they did not have the numbers to pass it. The TNA and SLMC had decided to vote against it. That is why on the instructions of the President we decided to keep away. We can’t do anything for the loss of cabinet portfolios of those who voted for the motion. It is their own making," he said.
The minister said the SLFP ministers were ready to leave the unity government at any time when the President and the party’s Central Committee decides. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
EF Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:17 AM
To hell with the Country, all these greedy follows care about is their pockets and their party. The president has been one big disappoint.
rew Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:25 AM
The Pres does not have the capacity to think that he is the Pres of the whole country. His narrow focus, like a villager, is solely on the SLFP as his way of life, crooked as it has been.
GC Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:19 AM
"... will remain in the yahapalana government to protect and support party leader and President". So you guys only think about protecting him who is protecting you, instead of protecting and developing the country? It is unfortunate that many politicians these days do not seem to have more honourable and altruistic reasons for entering politics.
Daham Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:26 AM
"The SLFP and joint opposition members knew they did not have the numbers to pass it. That is why on the instructions of the President we decided to keep away."What if they had the numbers? Now the important question is whether the UNP is going to govern the country or not with the help of these bunch of people who would have voted with the JO if they had the numbers.
Sena Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:39 AM
Be a man Amaraweera..A leader means taking decisions to protect the country and its people and not to be a puppet
C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:35 AM
Kadupol Jothywansa Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:56 AM
Amaraweera is not talking - money is talking. These rubbish politicians should be thrown out soon.
Atha Katha Soorasena Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:58 AM
This man is a puppy, he is still a spy to Mahinda, that is the reality.
Atha Katha SriLankan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:17 PM
He enjoys earning Luxury benefits from My3 and still washing clothes to MR.
Jude Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:22 AM
These Politicians will Sell their Mother to stay in power!!!???
Jude Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:25 AM
These gutless SLFP members will never giveup their perks to sit on the opposition!! Period!!
sandy Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:38 AM
Symbol of shameless . Disgusting
Samitha Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:47 AM
Country First before Personal Agenda.
Citizen Perera Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:22 AM
Sooner or later there should be a complete overhaul of the entire parliament.We do not need any of these 225 selfish parliamentarian.
Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:30 AM
Those ministers, deputies and what not have already voiced their opinion to quit the Government. It now appears that it has all been a lot of BS all the way, or Amaraweera is applying the 'butter' strategy on these self serving flatterers to save his own skin.
Don Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:30 AM
You all do not care about the nation but the Party.Jo-kers brought the conspiracy filled NCM - Coup and those were always opposing coalition supported the Loose Motion. Chase them away from the Party and get new in.
Samson Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:57 AM
Interesting! how these jokers can sit with a government headed by a PM whom they have no confidence? They must join the SLPP and ensure a victory in the future elections.
DG Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:20 AM
None of those should be in the Cabinet where RW is PM. So many at grass root level dislike RW at party leader post and even UNP MPs whose mouths are kept shut. Country First should be the aim and do some useful service.
Sambo Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:38 AM
So we the public become the loser's end of the day.
Marikkar Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:52 AM
Who care whether they stay in the government or not. For sure this is the weakest government our Mother Lanka witnessed throughout her history. We pray that this "good for nothing" government will go home immediately without misleading the country and people...
fareed Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:12 PM
How can they remain in the government when they plotted to overthrow the government. They should be kicked out lock, stock and barrel.
Rasheed Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:47 PM
Prez has become greedy, now only he knows the comfort and power of being a president. He wanted to hold on to it.
Iqbal Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:55 PM
The president himself is a misfit, he cannot control his party so how can we expect him to lead the country. We people made the wrong choice. Anyway let us stomach his double game till 2019
SHAMELESS GUYS. Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:23 PM
YES CAN. REMAIN. WITH. PANTS. via DM Android App
SHAMELESS GUYS. Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:28 PM
HOW DARE. THEY. SPOKE BEFORE NCM AND NOW HOW SLAVES THEY BECAME TO ENJOY PORTFOLIOUS. via DM Android App
Malcom x Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:03 PM
These politicos have become a nauseating lot the biggest mistake they make always is by trying to insult the intelligence of the people.Enough is enough...go back home.
Massdeen Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:04 AM
They only interested in Protecting the President and the Party not the Country and it’s people
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