By Chandani Kirinde
TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday slammed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, calling his conduct absolutely shameless after the latter voted against the motion moved by the TNA MP to suspend Standing Orders in order to debate a motion against the President.
He accused the Prime Minister of trading on his policies and principles after being appointed to the post by going back on his word of supporting the motion of censure on the President by blocking it from being debated yesterday.
“When this motion was drafted, the Prime Minister who was then on the other side wanted to take a look at it and even wanted it sent to Galle Face for consent. Then he issued two public statements saying he would vote in support of it,” the TNA MP said.
He added that since then, the UNP leader has changed his stance.
“The only thing that has changed between that day and today is that he has got a job as Prime Minister. We are ashamed to have a President the whole country wants out. We are ashamed to have as Prime Minister someone who doesn’t know whether he is sitting or standing or walking,” Sumanthiran said.
He said yesterday’s vote to elect a Deputy Speaker had demonstrated that the Prime Minister who is asking the Opposition for support does not have support from within his own party .
He said while the TNA will extend support to save the country from the economic calamity for which the President is absolutely responsible, the party will continue to place the blame at the Government’s feet for the current situation.
He also said that the adjournment motion by the Government on the violence that was unleashed on them in the past few days should be against the President as he is responsible for law and order in the country.