Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has decided to go ahead and put the No Confidence Motion against illegal PM Mahinda Rajapaksa when Parliament reconvenes on 14 November in spite of strong objections raised by UPFA representatives at the Party Representatives meeting on Wednesday evening.
The UPFA insisted at the meeting that on the 14th of November Parliament will only hold a ceremonial sitting and adjourn for the day as per parliamentary tradition. However the UNP MPs insisted that there was no hard and fast rule that other business could not be taken up on the same day. It was also noted by other party representatives that according to the Standing Orders of Parliament the Speaker decides on the agenda for the day.
Speaker Jayasuriya said that since he already had a resolution signed by 116 MPs of Parliament he would be going ahead and putting the vote on the agenda for the 14th. A statement released by his office noted that he had also said that if necessary standing orders could be suspended in order to ensure the vote was taken to test the Government’s majority.
Since the prevailing crisis was causing an adverse effect on the Colombo Stock Exchange and the country’s economy, it was the wish of most Sri Lankans that the matter is resolved at the earliest opportunity, the Speaker said.
The JVP also told the Speaker that if there was a dispute on the agenda, a vote should be called and Parliament will vote on whether to take the issue up or not. A vote could also be called on a decision to suspend the standing orders so that the floor test could be conducted to determine if Sirisena’s illegal PM had a majority in the House the JVP said.