Two United National Party (UNP) back-benchers today criticised the no-confidence motions to be presented against both Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and the UNF-led government by Opposition lawmakers.
Calling the move “political theatrics”, MPs Hector Appuhamy and Kavinda Jayawardena told journalists at Temple Trees today (23) that the motions were aimed at disrupting the Government’s ongoing efforts to return the country to relative normalcy.
The Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to probe the allegations against Minister Bathiudeen of possible links to the National Thowheed Jam’aat, said MP Appuhamy, has the power to summon any authority to present evidence. Given this, he said, a no-confidence motion against the Minister would serve no purpose other than scoring political points against the Government at a huge cost to the state coffers.
“The no-confidence motion against Minister Bathiudeen is pure theatrics. The Select Committee is well equipped to investigate him, and if found guilty, appropriate action can be taken. Right now the priority should not be staging political drama,” he said.
Jayawardena, meanwhile, arguing against the no-confidence motion against the Government to be put forward by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), said it was unclear what the motives of the party were.
“Let’s say the Government is defeated in this debate – we won’t be defeated, but let’s say for arguments that we are. What then? Who does the JVP expect to take power? [Former President] Mahinda Rajapakasa?” he said.