This no-confidence motion will fail to bring expected results – Ranatunga & Lansa This no-confidence motion will fail to bring expected results – Ranatunga & Lansa
Mar 22, 2018

JO divided with suspicion on Basil followers Featured

Joint opposition’s Prasanna Ranatunga and Nimal Lansa told JO leaders yesterday (21) that defeat was certain for the no-confidence motion moved against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as it was not getting the support of the SLFP.

Ranatunga, convener of the JO and Lansa, who only recently crossover from the government, made the remark after they had signed the no-confidence motion.

A senior activist of the JO told Sri Lanka Mirror that this stand by Ranatunga and Lansa was creating suspicion about them among seniors of the JO.

Basil’s conspiracy

There is doubt if followers of Basil Rajapaksa are conspiring against the no-confidence motion.

At the JO meeting on March 20, Ranatunga and Lansa took call after call to SLFP ministers and inquired if they would support the no-confidence motion, and then went onto say there would be no support for it from anyone.

Will strengthen Wickremesinghe

Ranatunga has remarked that Wickremesinghe would become politically stronger by the no-confidence motion.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage objected, saying they should make maximum use of the opportunity, as it was him who had toppled the Rajapaksa regime, sent their leaders behind bars and was now trying to betray the country.

Ranatunga shaken by website report

NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa’s website reported about this clash on the same day, after which Ranatunga issued a media statement, which said the JO believed the toppling of the PM and the present regime was a priority task and that the JO was taking all possible steps in that regard.

He went onto say there was no division in the JO on that issue.

However, he reiterated the expected results would not be possible if the signatures of SLFP and UNP MPs could not be obtained for the no-confidence motion.

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