- UNP to be restructured after no-confidence motion
- Restructuring before Sinhala & Tamil New Year
Government parliamentarians have been restricted from travelling abroad from 2-6 April, UNP MP Ashu Marasinghe revealed yesterday.
The legislator made this announcement during a press briefing held at Sirikotha last morning.
“We have asked all UNP MPs who are in China to return to the island by 1 April. In addition, all Government MPs have been instructed not to travel abroad from 2-6 April.”
He went on to say that the UNP was having an internal discussion regarding the restructuring of the party.
“We hope to bring about a restructuring of the UNP soon after the no-confidence motion has been defeated. It will definitely be done before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year,” the MP said.
Referring to the no-confidence motion, the MP said that even if some in the SLFP supported the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP still had the numbers to overcome and defeat the motion. However, he said that it was wrong for SLFPers in the Government to vote in favour of the motion.
“The motion clearly states that it is also against the Government and not just the Prime Minister. Those in the Government who vote in favour of the motion must leave once the motion is defeated.”
UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi, who also addressed the media, said that this was the first step of a conspiracy by the Joint Opposition.
“Removing the Prime Minister is their first step. The former President knows he cannot contest a presidential election again so he is trying his best to go for a General Election once again. The Joint Opposition’s next target will be the removal of the Speaker and finally the impeachment of the President.” (SG)