Speaking in parliament Dissanayake stated that the term “National Government” being used to describe the UNP – SLFP coalition was a violation of the constitution.
Dissanayake argived that as per the article 46 (5) of the constitution the term “National Government” could only be used to a coalition which is formed by the political party which holds the highest number of seats in parliament with the support of all other parties in parliament.
Dissanayake’s assertion meanwhile was met with loud protests from the government benches and due to the ensuing uproar speaker had to adjourn the parliament briefly for ten minutes.
The Mahajana Ekasath Peramuna leader, UPFA MP Dinseh Gunewardena too supported Dissanayake’s assertion and added that using the term “National Government” to describe a political coalition which did not have representation from all parties in parliament was illegal.
However, the MP’s from the government benches argued that the political party with majority seats in the “House” could form a national government with the support of a majority of parties in parliament.