35 UPFA MPs threaten to withdraw signatures

RajithaA group of 35 United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarians have threatened to withdraw their signatures from the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that the 35 Parliamentarians have said they first want the 20th Amendment to the constitution tabled in Parliament.

In the event the no-confidence motion is given priority over the 20th Amendment to the constitution, the 35 UPFA MPs may withdraw their signatures from the motion, Senaratne told a group of journalists at a private function last night.

The no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to the Parliament Secretary General last afternoon.

UPFA member of parliament Manusha Nanayakkara said that the no-confidence motion contains the signatures of 112 MPs.

The no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was first handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa on Thursday.

Nanayakkara said that, subsequently party leaders of the UPFA met yesterday and discussed the motion.

He said that the UPFA party leaders, including the opposition leader, approved the motion to be handed over to Parliament.

Nanayakkara said that a group of UPFA members then met the Parliament Secretary General last afternoon and handed over the motion to him and he will now take the next step. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. What sort of a black mail is this? In that case dissolution of the House before the no-confidence motion taken up is not unethical; it won’t be deemed pre-emptive! I thought two thirds majority can be utilised for unity, not only for SLFP but also for the national question. Alas! A golden opportunity is evading.

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