28 May 2015

"Decide What You Want First!" - Maithripala Slams At UPFA


President Maithripala Sirisena slammed at some MPs of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the weekly Cabinet briefing on Wednesday when he said the UPFA should decide what it needed in the first place.

"The UPFA should first decide whether it wants the 20th Amendment or the no-confidence motion," the President said in an angry tone as he concluded the weekly Cabinet meeting last night. He said he would hold a separate meeting with the UPFA on the matter.

However, there are two schools of thought in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party over the no-confidence motion. The Maithripala faction of the SLFP is of the view that the no-confidence motion is a dead duck as the Parliament is now on the verge of being dissolved. The Parliament is likely to be dissolved towards the end of the first week of June.

At the weekly Cabinet briefing today, Minister Rajitha Senaratne made it clear that the no-confidence motion was not the brainchild of the Maithripala faction of the SLFP.

"It is not from the SLFP. It is from the Abhayaramaya!" Senaratne said casually when a journalist asked about the no-confidence motion which is to be presented against the Prime Minister.

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