JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says Ranil Wickremesinghe deployed his usual last minute bribery tactic on the TNA in order to save face and defeat the No Confidence Motion brought against his government.
Speaking to media after the NCM, Dissanayake said Wickremesinghe bribed the TNA this evening, with a promise to form a separate District Council for Kalmunai and that is why the number of votes against the NCM increased. He went on to state Minister Mangala Samaraweera has even done the needful including approving the necessary cadre in order to set the procedures in motion to realize the promise made to the TNA this evening in exchange of their votes.
“If Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sampanthan took the right decision this evening, this NCM could have been defeated because the government had only 105 against the motion even by this morning,” he added.
The vote of the no-confidence motion tabled by the JVP against the government was taken up this evening and defeated by 27 votes.
Some of the ardent critics of the government were among the absentees in Parliament today to which included Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Duminda Dissanayake, S B Nawinna, Dunesh Gankanda, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Ashoka Priyantha, Douglas Devananda, Shivashakthi Anandan and V. Radhakrishnan.
The NCM was tabled against the government for failing to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings. The UNP and TNA voted against the NCM accumulating a total of 119 votes while the Joint Opposition and the JVP voted in favour of the motion reaching 92 votes in total.
During the debate, Government Ministers and MPs questioned the JVP as to why a NCM was not tabled against Sirisena, given his direct culpability in the bombings as the Defense Minister.
“In order to submit a NCM against the President, a total of 75 votes were needed. If you had signed in favour of a NCM against the President we would have tabled it as well,” JVP Leader Anura Kumara said.