Basil is trying to get the no-confidence motion delayed, with MPs loyal to him now in a campaign to see that happens. At a meeting on the matter, on Basil’s instructions, Prasanna Ranatunga and Nimal Lansa have explained at length as to why the no-confidence motion should be delayed.
Basil is following a pro-UNP policy in order to strengthen his camp, as even the SLFP MPs in the government are backing Gotabhaya.
A majority in the joint opposition want the no-confidence motion expedited. The Gotabhaya camp is publicly accusing Basil of protecting the PM, leading to a division in the JO. The two sides argue over the matter at meetings not attended by Mahinda. However, the no-confidence motion is to be handed over to the speaker very soon.