to numbers game in House
The UPFA is heading for the status of a minority government after
a threat from the JVP to quit the government by June 15, if the
President fails to withdraw the proposed Post-Tsunami Operations
Management Structure (P-TOMS).
Sunday Times learns that the UPFA is making its own calculations
to run the government without the support of the 39 JVP MPs. The
moves came as President Kumaratunga assured Mahanayaka Theras that
she would not reach a final decision about the P-TOMS without consulting
the President in her letter to the Mahanayaka Theras has given no
indication that the proposed structure would not be set up. Another
round of talks was being held by the President with the Mahanayaka
Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Rathanapala Buddharakkitha Thera
yesterday. He was flown by the Sri Lanka Air Force from Kandy for
Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa declined to disclose the next
move of the party after withdrawing its support from the government
on Thursday, if the P-TOMS is not withdrawn. The government would
be reduced to 79 MPs in the event of the withdrawal of support from
79 members would include the 13 members from other parties which
are supporting the government. They are the CWC 8, SLMC 4 and Rohitha
Bogollagama (UNP). The support of two dissident JHU Parliamentarians
is also being canvassed.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which has 22 members in Parliament
yesterday remained non-committal about its stand in the event of
the withdrawal of the JVP from the government. "We do not want
to comment on this issue until the JVP leaves the government.
have uncertainties about that," TNA Parliamtary group leader
R. Sampanthan told The Sunday Times.