Thu, 23 May 2024 Today's Paper

Govt. has no majority in Parliament: Karu

14 November 2018 10:44 am - 46     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced that the no-confidence motion brought in against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government passed in Parliament.

However, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of Mr Rajapaksa declined to accept the Speaker’s ruling.

After the Supreme Court issued a Stay Order suspending the dissolution of Parliament, it was reconvened yesterday.

Secretary-General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake read out the Statement by President Maithripala Sirisena as it was a ceremonial sitting after a period of prorogation.

Meanwhile, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran, referring to Standing Order 135, asked for the suspension of the Standing Orders to carry out the businesses for the day according to an agenda to be decided by the House on the same day.

The leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardane said everyone, including the Speaker, was bound by the Constitution.

He said the Standing Orders could be implemented only in conformity with the Constitution.

“After reading out the President’s statement, only the adjournment of the House is scheduled for the day,” he said.

Despite his repeated requests, a vote was taken for the suspension of the Standing Orders.

It was hurriedly moved by Mr Sumanthiran to be seconded instantly by JVP MP Vijitha Herath.

The suspension of the Standing Orders enabled JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who moved a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on the basis that his appointment of October 26, 2018, was not constitutional.

Mr Herath seconded it, and then the Speaker asked for a roll call amidst the chorus of protesting shouts by the Government members.

Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa said nowhere in history had a No-Confidence Motion been taken for a vote in this manner.

“Once a motion is handed over, it has to be placed on the Order Paper. Then, a date has to be agreed upon by the party leaders for the debate. We have never seen the procedure being flouted in this manner,” he charged.

While the Government members persisted with their bout of shouts against the moving of the motion, the Speaker proceeded with the vote.

All Opposition MPs stood up in favour of the motion.

As there was no call for a division by the Government side, the Speaker declared the motion passed by voice vote.

Also, he announced that the new Government had no Parliamentary majority.

The UNP MPs were wearing black Satakaya, which said, For democracy.

Two MPs Manusha Nanayakkara and Piyasena Gamage crossed the floor of the House before the vote and joined hands with the UNP amidst applause from its MPs.

Besides, MP A.H.M. Fowzie, who joined the UNP earlier, remained seated with the Opposition right from the beginning.

During the vote, some Government MPs, including Prasanna Ranaweera, Padma Udayasantha Gunasekera, Sanath Nisantha and Janaka Wakkumbura rushed to the Well of the House and shouted at the Speaker calling him the most partisan Speaker Sri Lanka ever had.

Some UNP MPs such as Chaminda Wejesiri tried to run into the Well to confront them. But, he was prevented from doing so by UNP MP Dr Harsha de Silva ostensibly fearing that any untoward incident would reflect badly on them internationally.(Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

VIdeo by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 46

  • ConcernedCitizen Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:47 AM

    Victory for all ! We salute the SC for making this possible.

    asun Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:14 AM

    speaker is openly supporting a partyIs this democracy?

    Saradiel Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:33 AM

    Asun, if the government has no majority in the parliament, it can't govern. Simple. Speaker has nothing to do with it.

    Rasheed Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:50 AM

    In what way the speaker is supporting his party? All know that the government has no majority in the Parliament.

    MODA BURUWA Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:12 PM

    SORRY Asun is a DEAF , DUMB and a BLIND dude .

    Lanka Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:50 AM


    LLJ Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53 AM

    Like EXCUSE ME ! Don't you think there should be more Detail Included..... Have the Daily Mirror Editors Posted this Lost their minds...More Info...Please.....More Info.......

    Perumal Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:23 AM

    Do not ask for more details from unhappy media

    Saman Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:53 AM

    Time has come to climb the window at Madamulana house for Mahinda.

    joshua Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:13 AM

    Great comment. I can't stop laughing.

    Harsha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:50 AM

    If election held Ranil and gang should find a window to climb this time.

    Lalantha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:00 PM

    Super I also cant stop laughing

    voted Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:55 AM

    what does this mean? can someone enlighten the common man

    Potta Harry Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:06 AM


    Diogenes Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:56 AM

    He will go down into Mahaawansaya as another usurper! Why not send his name to the Guiness World Record Book?

    Palitha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:57 AM


    MODA BURUWA Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:09 AM

    ..... with BEERS .

    Voldy Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:59 AM

    Prime minister and his cohorts, pls pack the bags

    siva Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:02 AM

    So so confusing ... Who is government ? Who is opposition ? Can some one enlighten me ?

    Mamai Nomiyena Miniha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:04 AM

    Anneh mehama Asawak!!!

    RAK Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:09 AM

    Next news speaker appoints the PM

    AS Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:09 AM

    OK, so what? Can Karu appoint a PM?

    kudda Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:19 AM

    only HE President can appoint a PM

    RAK Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:21 AM

    Dissolving the parliament with 2/3 is the only solution for this deadlock.

    Hari Mani Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:31 AM


    Criminal Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:11 AM

    Poor mahinda mama has once again been served with apppa and lunumiris by our beloved prez. MR can suck it up and live with it. Lmao.

    kukula Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:14 AM

    Poor MR we are attacking why?Kick the man who brought this useless disorder to the constitution. The Grama sevaka.

    K. C. John Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:28 AM

    You really believe MR went int this with his eyes closed? Believe that, and you will believe anything!

    Jude Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:24 AM

    This time MR gone faster than he came!! Huh huh ha ha!!!

    Ryan Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:24 AM

    And you dont have any right to convene parliament as per constitution, so whos more wrong

    Dee Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:34 AM

    FYI, it was gazetted by the president.

    Saman Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:29 AM

    Worlds first 2 week president Mahinda Rajapaksha goes to Guinness world of record book JAYA wewa.Wimale's wife didnt even have enough time to have new ID and passport with regressed age is she 19 , 29 39, 49 or 59?

    Hari Mani Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:30 AM

    Victory against power grabbers, horse traders, thefs and looters! Well done speaker. There u go UNP, dont look further; you have a efficient leader with conviction, courage and integrity.

    Terminator> Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:34 AM

    Well done Supreme Court! the correct decision has been accepted Internationally.

    vaz Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:52 AM

    Dear Prez, it's not too late to drop your ego and accept the facts, please form a true national government, lead by someone new like JVP leader, appoint the ministers from all the parties on their merit and the capacity to run a healthy state.

    Lion Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:11 PM

    Exactly but will they do it?

    Cobra Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:22 PM

    MR gone in 60 minutes!!!

    SN Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:02 PM

    Thanks to all those who stood for Democracy. Thanks to JVP in taking the move. The time has come for the young to rise up.

    Kugan Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:53 PM

    Pls don't singled out it was collective,we as Sri lankans stood together,we don't wants again young and uprising,we lost so many lives and huge damage for our generation we all need peace this is prosperous country ,all we had to work together

    Me Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:55 PM


    VJ Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:08 PM

    It would be interesting to know what would be the status of those UPFA MPs who joined the new party SLPP? The party is not represented in Parliament.

    Thanks Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:09 PM

    Our younger generation specially female daughters and sisters rescued by these thugs and rapers. Thanks to JVP and Supreme Court yesterdays decision.

    Jehaan Sabampillai Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:01 PM

    I was surprised (perhaps, saddened) by the fact that many Sri Lankan news outlets called MR as Prime minister even though his appointment was unconstitutional and illegal.

    Krishna Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:27 PM

    Hats off to the Speaker. Saved democracy and morality. It is time for Srisena to quit and let the majority govern the country.

    Pg Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:10 PM

    How can you be surprised,they are all money making institutions .. money only talks

    Gemunu Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:01 PM

    Our salute and gratitude to the Supreme Court, parliamentary political parties and members, civil organisations, law abiding citizens, international organisations and overseas countries that contributed and acted relentlessly to uphold the constitution and the democracy.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment