By Saman Indrajith
Party leaders yesterday set April 04 as the date for the debate on the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
They fixed the date during a party leaders’ meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in the parliament complex.
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the vote on the motion against the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe would be taken on the same day following a full-day debate.
The number of questions for April 4 at the commencement of sittings has been reduced from 15 to 8 to allow more time for the debate.
“The sittings will commence at 9.30am and the debate may continue until about 9.30pm. The vote will be taken thereafter,” MP Dissanayake said.
He said the JVP would vote in favour of the motion. TNA MPs said a decision on their vote was yet to be taken.
It is our position that the motion should be put to debate and vote as early as possible so that we could advance the process of 20th amendment to the constitution to abolish the executive presidency, the JVP leader said.
MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena told the meeting that everything related to the processing of the motion against the Prime Minister should be conducted strictly to the letter as per the Standing Orders of parliament.
The Joint Opposition handed over the no-faith motion containing 14 charges against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Wednesday with the signatures of 55 MPs. Four SLFP members in the Government ranks also signed the motion.
This is the third motion against a Prime Minster in the Sri Lankan Parliament history. Previously, two motions had been submitted and taken for vote against former PMs, SWRD Bandaranaike in 1957 and Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1975.
Previously, there had been 23 NCMs against Governments, 13 against Ministers, six against Speakers and Deputy Speakers, one against an Opposition Leader and another one against a Chief Justice.