Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 19:41
No-confidence motion against North Central Provincial Council Chairman defeated.
The no confidence motion presented in UPFA controlled North Central Provincial Council Chairman T.M.R. Siripala was defeated with seven votes today.
11 Opposition members voted for the motion while 18 UPFA members presented in the chambers at that time voted against the motion.
UNP Provincial Councilor Anil Rathnayake who proposed T.M.R. Siripala’s name to the post of Chairman on the inaugural day of the North Central Provincial Council on the 22nd of October 2012 ironically brought the no-confidence motion against his confidant today.
On the inaugural day of October in 2012, the ruling party also proposed a name, but Siripala won the post as he was supported by 10 opposition and 11 ruling party members.
Before the vote taking is held today, UNP members asked the Deputy Chairman Jayantha Marasinghe to hold a secret vote while the ruling party members objected the demand. Later the Deputy Chairman said he would listen to the majority’s say and held an open-vote.
The no confidence motion against the Chairman which had charged him on 16 counts including inefficient administration was presented with the signatures of majority opposition members.
However, Opposition member Anil Rathnayake said certain government members wanted to vote for if a secret vote was taken.
He added that they tried to fix the situation for 1.5 years and that did not come to fruition, which consequently led them to present a no confidence motion.