UNP’s ‘No Confidence’ motion against Athaulla

By Chandani Kirinde

The UNP vote of ‘No Confidence’ on Minister of Local Government & Provincial Councils, A.L.M. Athaulla, handed to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, has been placed on the Addendum of Parliament , but no date fixed for its debate.

The motion has been signed by 11 UNP MPs including Karu Jayasuriya, John Amaratunga and M. Joseph Michael Perera. The Motion accuses the Minister of uttering an untruth to Parliament while deliberately making a false statement and misleading the House by stating on January 4, 2011, that the Elections to all Local Authorities will be held in March 2011, since the new terms of the Local Authorities are due to commence on April 1, 2011.

However, subsequently the government has announced elections only to some LG bodies, while the elections to Municipal Councils of Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura-Kotte and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and Urban Council of Kolonnawa along with several others have been postponed.

“This House resolves that it has lost confidence in the ability of the Minister to continue to discharge his functions as the Minister of Local Government & Provincial Councils, and is no longer a fit and proper person to hold office in the Cabinet of Ministers,” the Motion states.

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