PM Proposes Committee To Consider No-confidence Motion Against Karunanayake

December 15, 2015

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today proposed Parliament that the no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake should be considered by a special select committee.

He made this suggestion during a heated debate on the no-confidence motion.

UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara asked whether a date will be given to debate the no-confidence motion. In response, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that there was no need for a debate since the budget was passed in Parliament with an overwhelming majority.

The no-confidence motion is based on the allegation that Karunanayake entered false details in the budget proposals regarding education sector.

However, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake opposed the government's position, saying that the budget is different from a no-confidence motion.

The Prime Minister maintained that the budget was not solely a document of the Finance Minister. The government, as a whole, was responsible for it he said.