Apr 05, 2018

Rathana Thera likely to lose his seat! Featured

Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera is likely to lose his UNP national list MP position following his absence at the vote on the no-confidence motion against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, according to reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror.

All parties that contested the last general election on the UNF ticket under the ‘elephant’ symbol had decided to oppose the no-confidence motion, and it was mandatory for all their MPs to vote against it. 

The UNP leadership has now instructed the party’s legal unit to remove Rathana Thera from the parliamentary seat.

Special order to UNP MPs

Chief government whip Gayantha Karunatilake has issued a special order, in accordance with the British parliamentary tradition, that the UNP MPs should vote against it.

He has sent the order to the MPs by registered post.

That order will be the key piece of evidence when taking legal action against any MP who would be disobeying the order, said leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.