• You have failed to meet aspirations of your voters, now let the peoples’ voices be heard. That’s what everyone wants!

    In 2015, when the United National Party came into government, they made several pledges to the nation. However it has been three years and the UNP has not been successful in fulfilling any of its pledges.

    As you are all witness, the country has not attracted any fresh investments, has not been able to control the depreciation of the ruppee, has increased unemployment and has only burdened the country with an absurdly high cost of living.

    MPs who are now part of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, were part of the opposition then. We watched with great disappointment, the country, which was freed from the clutches of terrorism by our courageous forces, go only backwards. We watched in silence how the citizens of this country, especially those in the rural areas suffered economically. It came to a point that my father, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and President Maithripala Sirisena could take no more.

    On Oct 26, when my father was appointed as the new Prime Minister of this country, all citizens are witness to the unruly behavior unleashed by the UNP MPs. When they were in government for three years, they did nothing and when we took over, they suddenly seemed to have jumped into an ‘action mode’.

    A week after Prime Minister Rajapakse was sworn in, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he would recognize my father as the legitimate Prime Minister. A statement was released by him for all to see.

    However, a week later, Speaker Jayasuriya, clearly acting on the instructions of his party and party leader, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, unleashed statement after statement stating he would not recognize the new Prime Minister and government.

    Whats more? In his haste he even unlawfully called for two No Confidence Motions against the government within minutes, one which he claimed to have taken while hiding behind heavy police presence.

    If the Speaker was in a sound state of mind, he would know that no where in history has a no confidence motion against a government been called in such a manner.

    Despite repeated requests, urging Speaker Jayasuriya to act impartially and maintain the Parliamentary traditions, Speaker Jayasuriya only did what he pleased and that was to follow the orders from his party.

    On Friday, when Parliament convened, Speaker Jayasuriya refused to listen to the legitimate government and went on to do what he pleased by stating he would appoint only 5 members from the UPFA to the Parliament Select Committee and 5 members from the UNP, with one member each from the TNA and JVP.
    Our request, as a legitimate government to have 7 members was turned down.

    Fed up with the Speaker’s disgusting biasness, government MPs thought it no use to continue attending the session. So we decided to leave as we were well aware the man seated on the Speaker’s chair had turned into a mere puppet of the UNP.

    With Speaker Jayasuriya now doing as and what he pleases to ensure that the UNP have their say, and clearly refuses to recognize this government and the Prime Minister, who were appointed by the Executive President of this country, we as a government will also not recognize UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya as the legitimate Speaker of Parliament.

    MP Jayasuriya has transformed Parliament into a mere forum for the UNP to conduct their debates, at the cost of public expense, and we see no purpose to be a part of these UNP forums.

    MP Jayasuriya has clearly misused his chair and we will not continue to tolerate his antics.
    With the UNP and MP Jayasuriya demanding power by force, we once again reiterate our call for a General Election. As a responsible party, the SLPP want to give you the power to decide. We will respect the people’s decision.

  • Sri Lanka has been facing a severe political turmoil due to the selfish behavior of the UNP who wish to remain.

    It is with great disappointment that I write this today. It has now been three weeks since Sri Lanka has been facing a severe political turmoil due to the selfish behavior of the United National Party who wish to remain in power even after losing their majority in Parliament following the departure of the UPFA from the national government.

    Its been days of discussions, but the UNP, who have a history of continuing in government by delaying elections, only wish to claim they have a majority and wish to bring endless No Confidence Motions against the government.

    Already they claim to have passed two No Confidence Motions, which surprisingly, the Speaker of Parliament conducted within minutes, without even a debate between the government and opposition.

    The Parliamentary proceedings which took place last week, and the violence which erupted from it, is clear proof that the Speaker is fully responsible for all that has transpired with his illegal and selfish behavior. His sole aim is to pass a No Confidence Motion illegally against a sitting government, on the instructions of his party leader, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP.

    Last week, two UNP MPs bought knives to the Floor of the House which is a serious breach of trust and poses a great threat on the lives of Prime Minister Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse and even Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    One of the UNP MPs, Hon. Palitha Thewarapperuma was then caught on camera saying he would stab all the government MPs.

    This is dangerous and shameless. And what is more surprising is that the Speaker took no action against this, but instead came into the Floor of the House the following day, under heavy Police presence and passed another illegal No Confidence Motion against the government.

    On Sunday, President Maithripala Sirisena, in his All Party Conference held at the Presidential Secretariat clearly informed all MPs present that this was in no way how a No Confidence Motion can be conducted against a government. He clearly told the MPs that the only way a No Confidence Motion could be conducted was through a Vote by Name or Electronic Vote, which is the basic knowledge any Speaker or MP should posses.

    On Monday, when Parliament convened, Speaker Jayasuriya convened an All Party Conference in his Parliamentary chamber and several issues were debated. The UNP also proposed to bring forth a motion to cut the state expenses for Prime Minister Rajapakse who is also the Finance Minister so that it will hamper his work which he has started for the benefit of the nation.

    Although Parliamentary sessions lasted for only 10 minutes on Monday, all MPs maintained calm, and sessions were conducted in a peaceful manner. This was a clear sign that sessions were conducted peacefully that day as it was the Deputy Speaker of Parliament who was present and not Speaker Jayasuriya, despite him being present in his Chamber. This clearly was a sign that he was aware that his presence and illegal behavior in the earlier sessions had led to violence among MPs.

    Sri Lanka is a democratic country. It is dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. A new government has been selected under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who have now begun work to develop this country and bring in investments which it truly deserves.

    While the UNP continues to contradict themselves by claiming at one point that there is no government, but on another instance saying they will file a motion to cut the state expenses of Prime Minister Rajapakse, I can only clearly state that with this political instability, there is only one solution.

    And that is to allow you, the citizens of this country, to have the right to vote. Vote for the government who you feel deserves to take you forward. Vote for the government who will listen to the voice of the masses, who will bring in investments, who will create job opportunities and who will uplift Sri Lanka to be in par with other developed nations.

    We have missed out on so much these past three years. Now a lot of work remains to be done. We are committed to work for you. That is why our call for a General Election will continue in order to end this political turmoil once and for all so that whoever is elected comes in strong, with a dedication to move this country ahead.

  • Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s biased act on NCM against newly appointed PM has plunged our beautiful country into a political turmoil!

    These past few weeks, we as a nation have witnessed how our beautiful country has plunged into a political turmoil due to the power greed of the United National Party who has done everything possible to remain in government despite failing to serve the masses within these past three years.

    These past few days, I am well aware that all of you have watched in disappointment at the behavior of MPs in Parliament, no matter which political party they belong to.

    As a Member of Parliament, who only has the betterment of all you citizens in mind, I condemn these incidents. Our party, the SLPP does not work to behave violently, just like any other political party. However all of these incidents, within these past few days, in Parliament, have only erupted due to the unfair behavior of the Speaker, who has well proved that he is not working to serve the country, but only working to serve his leader, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    The new government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was appointed to serve the people, to economically strengthen this country, to provide better facilities to all citizens and to ensure that Sri Lanka gets the name it truly deserves on the global map. It was high time after the repeated failures of the UNP, these past three years. Like Prime Minister Rajapakse mentioned in Parliament, if he had not stepped in now, Sri Lanka would have fallen into a severe economic crisis with no investments and no proper projects in place. The Cost of Living does not need any mention as we all have felt it and it was time immediate measure were taken without burdening our citizens further.

    These past few weeks, I have also watched in disappointment how the Speaker of Parliament, who has spent many years in politics, has resorted to cheap, low tactics just to ensure that his leader and party can continue in power.

    We have had many successive Speakers who have fulfilled their roles well to protect the norms and traditions of our Parliament. But this is the first time in history that a Speaker, at a time of political crisis has resorted to illegal methods to ensure that his party, the United National Party, despite losing power, can hang on to their seats.

    On Friday, when Parliament convened, MPs belonging to the SLPP and its coalition partners, begun a protest at the Speaker’s table, to protest against the dangerous behavior of Hon. Ranjan Ramanayake and Hon. Palitha Thewarapperuma who had smuggled in knives to Parliament last Thursday.

    Despite continuous denial by the UNP, the two UNP MPs were caught on camera holding the knives, threatening many SLPP MPs during the brawl which erupted that day. This was a serious breach of trust and could have seriously injured or even killed a Parliamentarian.

    In order to voice our strongest protest, several government MPs resorted to a peaceful protest, calling for the arrest of these two UNP MPs. At no time did the government mention that it would not allow Parliamentary proceedings to begin. The government was only protesting as it was their right to do so and it was the role of the Speaker to take immediate action on it.

    Proceedings would have been conducted peacefully if only the Speaker had realized the unlawful and dangerous behavior of these two UNP MPs and taken stern action.

    But instead, the Speaker, entered the floor of the House, surrounded by Police Officers, and within minutes, as usual said that a No Confidence Motion had been passed and left the House. His agenda these days, only seem to be to pass a No Confidence Motion on the government. This seems to be his sole target.

    This in no means, is how a No Confidence Motion is bought on a Prime Minister and government. The Speaker is well aware of this and can never look us in the eye as his conscience will never allow him to. Maybe that is why he never attended the All Party Conference held with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat at 5pm today.

    Prime Minister Rajapakse, has continuously called for a General Election to solve this crisis. He has continuously said this was the only way democracy can be prevail. Why do we sit in Parliament? It is because we have been elected by our citizens to work for them. And now when we want to come to you, to let you decide on who should be your government, at this hour of need, the UNP is saying otherwise. By doing this the UNP is only proving that they have never heard the voices of their citizens and came to power only to fulfill their needs.

    I, as a concerned Member of Parliament, call on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to at least now, stop being partial and fulfill his role. By passing endless No Confidence Motions in an illegal manner, is going to serve no purpose. Instead it will only further deepen the crisis. Our people do not deserve this.

    Maybe if the Speaker and UNP are unaware on how to bring forth a No Confidence Motion on a government, my father, Prime Minister Rajapakse, had on Saturday released a step by step legal guide. Hope the Speaker and UNP educate themselves on it.

    We will continue our call for a General Election. Because our motto has always been our ‘People are Supreme’.

  • UNP wants so-called ‘democracy’ by denying the people a vote!

    On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse called on all Parliamentarians in the Parliament to keep aside their differences and go in for a General Election, to allow the people to decide who should continue in government.

    That has been our call from the day the United National Party resorted to cheap politics by attempting to forcefully stay in power since Oct 26.

    Prime Minister Rajapakse said there is no greater power than the power of the people, a belief which sadly Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party have forgotten these past three years while they were in government.

    As a nation we saw on Wednesday how Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, broke all Parliamentary traditions and called for a hurried vote of No Confidence on the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

    Even before the blink of an eye, amidst severe chaos, Speaker Jayasuriya called for a vote and declared it had been passed. Never in this nation’s history, has such vote ever been taken. Considering the seriousness of the motion, it is normal, basic, parliamentary rule that at least three days should be allocated to debate over the motion before a vote can be taken.

    Speaker Jayasuriya, in order to cover up his blunder then accepted a so called motion claiming to have 122 signatures. If the no confidence motion was passed as he claims, why was another motion with signatures then accepted?
    Never in our history have we ever witnessed a Speaker being so biased and making decisions which are against our traditions and Constitution.

    On Thursday when Parliament convened, despite threats by the thuggish UNP MPs, the path was made for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse to take his seat and the government to occupy their places in Parliament.

    A session which should have started with the Speaker reading the President’s letter sent to him over the No Confidence Motion, was ignored and the Speaker resorted to his fancies by illegally claiming that he would not recognize the Prime Minister and the government and went on to address the Hon. Prime Minister as MP Mahinda Rajapakse.

    To this, the Prime Minister reminded the Speaker he should not misuse his Chair, as no one had given him the power to do so.
    As soon as the special statement by Prime Minister Rajapakse concluded, UNP

    MP Lakshman Kiriella attempted to call for a No Confidence Vote again, this time ‘by name’ over the just concluded speech. This move only made the UNP and the Speaker contradict them selves. If they were so certain that the No Confidence Motion was passed on Wednesday what was the need to call for a vote of No Confidence again?

    If this is the case, then MPs can call for No Confidence whenever they want on a Head of State of Prime Minister, and the Speaker will only give way to the request.

    This illegal move was not tolerated by us. The Speaker, only made it extremely evident that he clearly works on the orders of the UNP, and had made basic Parliamentary norms become a joke.

    What’s more. UNP MPs such as Hon. Palitha Thewarapperuma had smuggled in a knife to the floor of the House. This is a serious breach of trust and a threat on Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse and Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe.
    No where in the world has any MP entered the Parliament, armed.

    The UNP, ever since Parliament convened on Wednesday, have only wanted to do things illegally and in a hurry amidst the chaos. Supported well by the Speaker. We will not give into this.

    As Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse said, it is time we go in for a General Election. The UNP has been continuously calling for democracy. However they want ‘democracy’ by denying the people a vote.
    We want an election. Because we respect the People’s vote. This is true democracy.

  • UNP has plunged the country into further chaos. We want a people’s vote. Let them Vote!

    When Parliament convened on Wednesday morning, the SLPP along with its coalition partners, led by Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse respectfully entered the House, keeping in mind the aspirations of the country.

    However, in what was a pre-planned attempt to discredit the government by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the United National Party, all Parliamentary norms and traditions were broken when the JVP submitted a No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Rajapakse and the Speaker hurriedly called for ‘voice votes’ to see who held the so called majority.

    When Parliament convened on Wednesday, the Leader of the House, Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena requested the Speaker to adjourn Parliament for a day as the UNP MPs had resorted to a thuggish behavior.

    However Speaker Jayasuriya showing his bias towards the UNP ignored this request and the JVP was immediately able to submit a motion which was passed within minutes in a so called voice vote. Any citizen of this country is well aware that a no confidence motion on a Prime Minister cannot be passed in minutes. It is basic knowledge that at least three days must be allocated for the motion to be debated and then a vote can be taken up.

    When a no confidence motion was submitted against Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe in April, we were given three days to debate the matter. When it was defeated, we respected the decision of the parliamentarians and Hon. Wickremesinghe and the government was able to continue.

    However, on Wednesday the intentions of the Speaker were well revealed. If the Speaker said a voice vote was taken then what was the necessity for legislators to submit another motion later with signatures? No vote was ever taken up and we reiterate that Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse and the government will continue in governance, working towards the prosperity of the country.

    This political instability has been created unnecessarily by the thuggish UNP MPs. It was to bring immediate normalcy, that President Sirisena dissolved Parliament last week to let the people decide.
    However we respect the Supreme Court’s decision and will await the final verdict by the Court.

    The UNP has a history of delaying elections. At one point, they had delayed elections for 17 years. History is only repeating. The UNP has never been a party representing the masses. It has only represented a very small population and worked towards their own whims and fancies. Their unpopularity was evident when they faced a humiliating defeat in the February Local Council Elections. They knew they had failed the nation miserably, which is why they kept delaying the Provincial Council Polls.

    These past few weeks, the UNP has only plunged the country into further chaos. And with the Speaker clearly showing his bias towards the UNP, a party which he belongs to, we request all heads of the country and public officials that the best relief for the public is to let them decide. Let them Vote. We will continue to push for a people’s mandate as this is the only democratic step that can be taken. We want a people’s vote