Government of Sri Lanka defeats motion of no confidence

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday defeated a motion of no confidence in parliament that accused him of failing to avoid the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 258 people despite receiving intelligence from the India.

The motion, moved by the Marxist JVP, against the government of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was defeated by a vote of 119-92 after two days of debate.

The (JVP) filed a 12-point confidence motion saying that the government should not remain in office because it did not respond to intelligence reports before the attacks of Islamic extremists on April 21.

This government has not protected people and has failed in everything in the last four years. We urge them to resign, said JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

The opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said they were happy to support the motion despite the JVP's record of backing the current government.

The JVP finally realized its insanity in supporting this government, said Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a sponsor of Rajapaksa.

The United National Party (UNP) of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe asked the JVP if it wanted to recover the Rajapaksa regime with all its horrible record in the government.

The UNP said that the JVP clearly excluded President Maithripala Sirisena from the motion while blaming the UNP.

It is President Sirisena who is the defense minister, said UNDP legislator Thushara Indunil Amarasena.

The Rajapaksa camp accused that the Easter Sunday bombings could have been prevented as intelligence reports have been made available by a friendly country, India.

However, no action was taken due to the power struggle between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe.

The main leader of the Tamil party, R Sampanthan, said his party voted in favor of the government because its record was better than the previous regime.

Our people suffered a lot under his rule, Sampanthan told the opposition led by Rajapaksa. PTI Corr