The Motion of No Confidence (NCM) brought against the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was comfortably defeated in Parliament a short while ago by a margin of 27 votes.
United National Party leaders were confident of victory but scrambled at the last minute to get all their Members of Parliament into the House for the vote.
The NCM proposed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna faulted the government for not taking action to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks, despite warnings that such strikes by Islamist extremists were imminent.
Joint Opposition led by Mahinda Rajapaksa also voted against the government.
The Tamil National Alliance and most Muslim MPs voted with the government.
Presenting the NCM the General Secretary of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament “there were plenty of warnings and evidence of these extremist groups, but the government did not heed them,” yesterday July 10.
He said the information had been passed on to various divisions in the police department including the VIP Security Division.
“So how can Ministers say that they did not know of the imminent attack,” he asked.
“The Prime Minister cannot say he is not responsible because he was not invited to Security Council meetings. He has to be there and why does he talk about it only after the blasts happened,” Dissanayake said.