Former Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila says that he and his group will support the no-confidence motion against the government only if they accept two of their conditions.
“We have learned that the Samagi Jana Balawega, which has only 46 seats, is currently collecting signatures for a no-confidence motion against the government. In order to pass this, those 46 members need the support of another 87 members. But so far SJB has not discussed the matter with other political parties or groups. However, handing over a no-confidence motion without preparing 113 MPs would be to the advantage of the government. If this government which currently has 118 members defeats this no-confidence motion, the government would be strengthened by the opposition giving a huge victory in Parliament. In this situation we are ready to support the no-confidence motion under two conditions. First, before the no-confidence motion is tabled, it must be confirmed that it has the support of 113 members. Secondly, it should give the full support to our proposal to form an interim all-party government after the dissolution of the government. Only if these two conditions are agreed, the background will be prepared to defeat this government ”
Udaya Gammanpila stated this addressing a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday (18).