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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has intensified its campaign against the electricity tariff hike by handing over a No –Confidence Motion in Parliament against Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, informed sources said yesterday.

After last Wednesday’s candle light protest   in the Well of Parliament, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake handed over this motion to Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dissanayake. The motion has been signed by UNP MPs such Lakshman Kiriella, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Ranjan Ramanayake, Dilip Wedaarachchi, Chandrani Bandara, Palitha Thewarapperuma, Ruwan Wijewardene, Rosy Senanayake, Jayalath Jayawardane, Niroshan Perera and R Yogarajan.

In the motion, the UNP said though Minister Wanniarachchi called the tariff hike a ‘proposal’ by her predecessor, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, he denied it.  The UNP further said Minister Ranawaka had even challenged Minister Wanniarachchi to substantiate her statement if possible.

“It is obvious that the Minister has deliberately misled the House and in doing so, is guilty of a breach of privilege of the whole House and also its members. In the circumstances, this House resolves that it no longer has any confidence in Pavithra Wanniarachchi to continue as the Minister of Power and Energy,” the motion says.

The UNP has handed over yet another No Confidence Motion against Foreign Employment Promotion Minister Dilan Perera over what the party called ‘failure on his part, to secure clemency for housemaid Rizana Nafeek.’ Rizana Nafeek was beheaded in Saudi Arabia in January after being charged of killing an infant in her care.  The motion is still pending in the Order Book.

If a no confidence against a Minister is passed, he or she ceases to hold that post. Earlier, the UNP brought a similar motion against   External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris.  Yet, it was defeated by the government which holds a two-third majority.  (KB)

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  • Kane Monday, 29 April 2013 05:58 AM

    Sorry, you have misunderstoon the politics of MR. Bring no conf. motion against the Govt.

    DAW Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:06 AM

    To begin with does she have any experience in this area. Someone more experienced and confident and also with the knowledge of the subject should be seated in this Ministerial seat.

    Saman Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:50 AM

    Not only pavithra.. we dont have no confidnece with any poltician....

    raviraj Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:05 AM

    as long as there are voters like you even God cannot help this nation

    wasanthi Monday, 29 April 2013 11:14 AM

    We can see by this who is with masses and who is against the poor. I am sure Hela uramaya will not vote with anybody.

    Samantha Monday, 29 April 2013 11:05 AM

    Oh look, now they are looking for fairness. Isn't that cute?

    Logo Monday, 29 April 2013 10:13 AM

    No confidence motion should not by opposition it should by the innocent public against to this lady minister.

    lovelyQueen of MR Monday, 29 April 2013 09:35 AM

    okoma boru sobanaa...

    Serendipity Monday, 29 April 2013 06:31 AM

    ASS IF..... the Opposition has a MAJORITY...

    Dingo Monday, 29 April 2013 03:01 AM

    Bring this against Patali. It is unfair to victimize a new comer for failures.

    Matalan Monday, 29 April 2013 05:45 AM

    Nothing other than a token gesture. With 2/3 (highly doubtful & manipulated) ) majority; the Govt. can do pretty much what they like even suffocating all of us.

    Yehiya Monday, 29 April 2013 05:43 AM

    Yes. NCM start from speaker.

    Madeena Monday, 29 April 2013 05:40 AM

    Welcome motion. anyway patali will vote for her.

    Modaya Monday, 29 April 2013 05:29 AM

    Yes, news will be "Government defeats no confidence motion agaist Pavithra", and she will grow with streght and more bold decesions will come out.

    Cobra Monday, 29 April 2013 04:10 AM

    They are all in it together-the whole outfit should be held responsible for this state of affairs!

    Maha Rajanani Monday, 29 April 2013 03:57 AM

    We will hear a good news on May day.

    nalaka Monday, 29 April 2013 03:47 AM

    pawithra devi dinanawa mejority eyage paththe ne egollanta ratata wada mejoriya watinawa

    Suq Madique Monday, 29 April 2013 03:08 AM

    How will it help the consumers? Another dumb motion by the opposition!


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