No-faith motion SLFPers who voted in favour will quit

Published : 12:02 am  April 10, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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DM-28By Sandun A Jayasekera 

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Daily Mirror yesterday the SLFPers who voted for the no-confidence motion would resign from their posts soon after President Maithripala Sirisena gave his approval to do so and that would probably take place this week.  



We don’t intend joining the joint opposition but function as a separate group of the SLFP under the leadership of the President

“We don’t intend joining the joint opposition but remain as a separate SLFP group under the leadership of the President. I hope the SLFP ministers who did not support the motion will live together with the UNP in governance. Good luck to them,” he said.   

The SLFP Central Committee was scheduled to meet at 7.00 p.m. at the President’s official residence at Mahagamasekara Mawatha.  

Meanwhile, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said if he had voted for the no-confidence motion he would have never remained in the government even if the President asked him to do so.    “If I had voted for the motion, I would have resigned by now without waiting for the President’s or Premier’s say-so. My policy is not to work for portfolios. The President and the Prime Minister will take decisions in the near future. I will raise my voice if anything goes wrong,” he said and added some people were trying to make the President helpless by voting for the motion.  

The minister said the unity government was strengthened by this motion.

“The President and the Prime Minister have to work together to the develop the country. We have not punished offenders during the past three years. As politicians, we must allow the law to take its course,” the minister said and assured that provincial council elections would be held at the right time and achieve victory if the government fulfilled the aspirations of the people.