‘No support for NCM against Bathiudeen’

2019-05-15 at 11:53

United National Party Parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri says he is not prepared to support the No-Confidence motion expected to be presented against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Speaking to NewsRadio the MP charged the move is a political plot.

The MP noted that even the Athuraliye Rathana Thera had failed to obtain the support of even from the Joint Opposition for the No-Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

MP Wijesiri expressed he would support the move if the prevailing hostile situation and the threat of ISIS organisation will be nullified through the removal of Rishad Bathiudeen.

However the MP added it was not the solution stating if the Minister was directly directly involved, he should resign.

MP Wijesiri stressed that mere allegations will not be accepted to force someone out of a post.

MP Chaminda Wijesiri questioned if Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be side-lined from politics as he had been accused of aiding local radical groups among others.

MP Wijesiri further questioned why the opposition wasn’t commenting on allegations levelled against Gotabaya Rajapaksa adding the Government will not support extremism or efforts to destabilise the country by inciting racism and that they were against certain parties who only wanted to regain power.

MP Wijesiri said the present circumstances call not for a No-Confidence motion against a Minister but an Impeachment motion against the Executive.

He stressed he is prepared to support any move to present a motion for impeachment.

MP Wijesiri requested for the Athuraliye Rathana Thera to first present an impeachment motion adding he will support such a decision.

He charged the Executive of violating the constitution, disregarding his duties adding his conduct has been questioned by various factions.

The MP noted the public has called for his resignation.

MP Wijesiri reiterated that instead of taking adequate steps to defuse the situation some parties were attempting to fuel extremist ideologies.