|Party leaders’ meeting on
Moragoda issue tomorrow
Speaker L.J.M. Lokubandara
has summoned a party leaders’ meeting tomorrow, to discuss the
no-faith motion against Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda.
The motion is to be debated in parliament on Tuesday 23, but as
the government is in a quandary over this, it is believed the
motion might be further postponed.
Earlier, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) requested time for a
debate on the local government election bill and the government
agreed to debate the bill on October 23.
However, when the main opposition also requested for a debate on
the no-confidence motion against Moragoda on the same day, the
Speaker informed the main opposition to discuss the matter with
the TNA and take a decision.
Subsequently the UNP and the TNA discussed this matter over and
it was decided to proceed with the debate on the no-confidence
motion on October 23. The TNA agreed to request from the Speaker
another date for the debate on the local government election
The Nation reliably learns that the government is now in a
dilemma because the TNA has agreed to allocate time on Tuesday
23, for the no-confidence motion debate.
It is believed the government is planning to somehow abrogate
the motion as it would be embarrassing for the government if the
motion was taken to parliament for voting.
Government sources said if the matter was put for voting then
the COPE members who are government Members of Parliament, would
be forced to vote with the government and added this might
contradict their own findings in the COPE probe against Minister
“Therefore the government is in a terrible fix. The COPE members
on the one hand must vote for the motion as it was they who
pointed out the scandal through their reports, while at the same
time they would be forced to vote against their own findings, in
keeping with the party tradition to support any government
motion,” they said.
“The government is walking on a tight rope in this regard. We
don’t know how the government is going to handle this issue.”