UPFA, UNF draw battle lines to prove Parliamentary majority

[TamilNet, Saturday, 17 July 2004, 00:53 GMT]
With three days to go for the next session of parliament, the minority ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the main opposition United National Front (UNF) are making frenzied efforts to prove their majority. The UNF still claims it has 114 members of the 225 member parliament. But the ruling UPFA says that there would be a dramatic turn in the power struggle in favour of the government after its sweeping victory in the six provincial councils' poll last Saturday, political sources said.

Mr. W.J.M LokubandaraThe Speaker Mr.W.J.M.Lokkubandara after a discussion with some senior parliamentarians Friday decided to close down the public gallery of the parliament on Tuesday. Only family members of new parliamentarians who are due to take oaths would be allowed to sit in the public gallery on Tuesday. The next session of Sri Lanka parliament is scheduled for July 20.

Meanwhile, the Sinhala Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), is demanding that Mr.Lokkubandara should resign the post of Speaker as the UNF lost in Haputale electorate in the recent provincial council poll.

Mr.Lokkubandara represented Haputale electorate.

A powerful section of the UPFA has warned that if the Speaker fails to resign he would be ousted from the post through a no-confidence motion, sources said.

UNP deputy leader Mr.Karu Jayasuriya Friday addressing press persons in Colombo said that no party could oust the Speaker as the UNF has majority in the parliament.

In the meantime, three minority political parties, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Friday indicated their support to Mr.Lokkubandara if the ruling UPFA moved a no-confidence motion against the Speaker, sources said.

Earlier sessions of the parliament were marred by unruly behaviour of ruling parliamentarians and violence, and ended in pandemonium, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
20.07.18 22:09   Photo
New Delhi fails to update Jaffna on Palaali airport plans
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=12456