The SLFP is yet to make a decision with regard to the no-confidence motion, and it has not been involved in related discussions, Dissanayake has told BBC Sinhala Service.
According to him, both the parties, the PM, the president as well as he were responsible for the outcome of the last election, and no individual cannot take the entire blame.
The no-confidence motion is a JO attempt to create divisions between the president and the PM and to destroy the national government, he said.
Therefore, the president and all others have a responsibility not to go against the ‘January 08’ public mandate, Dissanayake stressed.
He said that he was not surprised by the support the no-confidence motion was getting from the SLFP’s Susil Premajayantha, Dayasiri Jayasekara, S.B. Dissanayake and Thilanga Sumathipala, as all of them did not oppose plundering, corruption, fraud at the last presidential election.
“The PM will have to go home soon”
Meanwhile, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa says the no-confidence motion would be moved next week.
Speaking to foreign correspondents association, he said he would have nothing left to do, as the UNP MPs themselves would work to send the PM home.
What the UNP says
However, deputy general secretary of the UNP Ajith P. Perera said the entire parliamentary group of the party was backing Wickremesinghe.
Since the JO is going to move it as a no-confidence motion against the government, any minister supporting it will have to resign from the position, he noted.
Minister T.B. Ekanayake of the SLFP is said to have signed the no-confidence motion.