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Anura Kumara Dissanayake

‘NCM against MR passed according to Parliament norms’

The JVP says the No-Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet was passed in the House according to accepted Parliament norms.

Leader of the JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake speaking to media at the Parliament complex said the No-Confidence Motion could not be debated due to the unruly behaviour of Parliamentarians of the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction.

Dissanayake meanwhile commended the steps taken by the Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya towards protecting the honour and power of Parliament.

The JVP leader stressed one step of the coup was defeated before Court last evening while the next step will be defeated in Parliament.

He stated members within the Maithri and Mahinda factions who have a conscience claimed such actions were illegal.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake said a No-Confidence Motion was tabled in Parliament against the illegal government, the unconstitutional appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

He noted although some question whether the Motion was tabled according to the accepted norms, Parliament laws state that they can be suspended and the conduct of Parliament can continue.

Dissanayake stressed solutions for issues can be sought in accordance with regulations only if the government adheres to the clauses of the Constitution.

The JVP leader reiterated standing orders can be suspended and proposals can be tabled in Parliament.

MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said it was evident in Parliament today when standing orders were suspended in the House that Mahinda Rajapaksa does not have a majority.

He noted if Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena had a majority in Parliament they could have defeated the proposal to suspend standing orders adding the first sign that the government does not have a majority in Parliament was proven when the proposal to suspend standing orders was passed.

Dissanayake claimed there was a possibility to hold a debate, however certain individuals who have always been conspirators in Parliament as usual disrupted proceedings.

The JVP leader stressed they were hopeful of holding a debate as they had a story to narrate to Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena.

He noted however those who staged the coup created an unrest within Parliament because they were destitute adding the Speaker using his authority held a vote in Parliament as there was no possibility to hold a debate.

Dissanayake said there are several ways to take a vote and the Speaker resorted to one such manner, which was a voice vote where the Speaker also inquired whether there were any objections.

He stressed instead of answering the Speaker the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction created an uproar and at that time Mahinda Rajapaksa left the Chamber.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake claimed Mahinda Rajapaksa knew it was better to leave than face the motion being passed in a bid to protect his dignity.

He also said the JVP feels apologetic towards Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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