ECONOMYNEXT – United National Party (UNP) leader and and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed an amendment to a no confidence motion against Sri Lanka’s energy minister Udaya Gammanpila to include the entire cabinet.
Main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP S M Marikkar moved the no confidence motion against Gammanipla Monday (19) morning, over the latter’s role in the recent fuel price hike.
Wickremesinghe, in his amendment, proposes that parliament resolves t hat it has “no confidence in the competence of Hon Udaya Gammanpila, Minister of Energy and all other Ministers in the Cabinet to function as Cabinet Ministers any longer”.
Signed by 43 SJB MPs including opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, the motion cites an official statement by ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) general secreatry MP Sagara Kariyawasam blaming the price hike on Gammanipla. The energey minister, however, maintains that the price increase was a collective decision made by a fuel pricing committee, a sentiment that’s since been echoed by the government. (Colombo/Jul19/2021)