President Maithripala Sirisena has reneged on his promises once again, as he has refused to accept the legality of the second no-confidence motion adopted against Mahinda Rajapaksa.
At a meeting with Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) this evening, at the Presidential Secretariat, Sirisena had said he could not accept the second no-confidence motion as his advice had not been followed.
Sirisena, at a meeting with party leaders, last evening, said he could accept the no-confidence motion minus the first clause. He requested party leaders to pass an ‘amended ‘ no-confidence motion and promises that he had no issue about accepting the will of the legislature.
Upon Sirisena’s promise, the party leaders today passed an amended no-confidence motion without the first clause which challenged the gazette notifications issued by the President. Hours after the no-confidence motion was adopted, Sirisena had said he was not in a position to accept him, making a 180 degree turn.
Sirisena had also told the SLPP group that he would not appoint UNP Leader Ranil Wickemesinghe as the Prime Minister again, under any circumstances.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference earlier today, JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said Sirisena’s brain should be checked if he refused to accept the second no-confidence motion.
As the JVP Parliamentarian predicted, Sirisena has now reneged on his promises, bringing the political crisis back to square one.