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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 bill.
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 Moragoda.
“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.”

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