The main opposition UNP said yesterday it would move a no-confidence motion against Minister Mervyn Silva unless the government took action against his latest reported act of misconduct.
UNP front-liner Dayasiri Jayasekara told a news conference that one senior Minister had even remarked that God would punish Mr. Silva for his alleged misdoings.
Looking for divine help is not the answer. It is the President who should punish Mr. Silva. It is unfortunate that there is little or no law and order in Sri Lanka today, he said.
Political observers said that with the JVP also likely to support a motion of no-confidence in Minister Silva, the result might be too close to call.
Mr. Jayasekera said that based on the Supreme Court ruling over the privatization of Lanka Marine Services Ltd and its sale to John Keels Holding, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundara should resign immediately and if he did not stand down it would tantamount to contempt of court.
The Supreme Court severely reprimanded Dr. Jayasundere and we are waiting to see what action will be taken against him. We have only the judiciary to place our trust in, he said.
Referring to the ongoing military operations, Mr. Jayasekera said the statement by India s National Security Advisor N.K. Naranayan showed that New Delhi was insisting on a political solution to resolve Sri Lanka s longstanding ethnic conflict.
The government must seriously consider the underlying message in Mr. Narayanan s statement and work accordingly. The UNP also subscribes to the stand taken by India. The crisis cannot be resolved just by crushing the LTTE militarily, he said.
Mr. Jayasekera said that UNP North Central chief ministerial candidate Janaka Perera was the military leader who defeated the LTTE and confined it to the Wanni jungle, but because he has joined the UNP the government had branded him a traitor.
The government is calling him a traitor because he is contesting on the UNP ticket, but if he had contested under the UPFA symbol, the very same government will consider him a hero, he said.