The no-confidence motion that consists of 6 points against the government has been handed over to the Speaker by the JVP in Parliament today (21st).
The no-confidence motion was handed over to the Speaker by the group of JVP Parliamentarians including the Leader Comrade Anura Dissanayaka at the Speaker’s Office at about 10.00 a.m. today.
The no-confidence motion has been based on 6 facts including the failure of the Prime Minister, the cabinet and the government to take measures to prevent the Easter Sunday attack despite information regarding the attack had been made available to the government.
The no-confidence motion handed over to the Speaker:
An English translation of the NCM:
The no-confidence motion filed against the Prime Minister and the cabinet
1. As 250 people including Sri Lankan citizens were killed, more than 500 others were injured and caused destruction to assets that belonged to the people as a result of the suicide bomb attacks carried out on 21st April 2019 in areas in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa due to unjust negligence to carry out or failure to carry out the following moves despite the Prime Minister and the cabinet receiving due information officially regarding the attack,
a) As the Prime Minister stated in Parliament on 08.05.2019 it was known that groups in Sri Lanka had maintained relations with the ISIS international Islamist organization since 2014 and they had engaged in various activities but no action had been taken,
b) As the government had failed to take action despite the Muslim community making the government and responsible institutions aware in various ways that various Islamic extremist organizations were active within the Muslim society,
c) As the government had failed to arrest or take proper legal action against Zaharan Hasheem who committed suicide by exploding a bomb on 21st April 2019 and A.L.M. Niyaz who committed suicide by exploding a bomb at Saindamarundu on 26th April 2019 who had been reported by the people living in Kanthankudy area regarding threats and attacks the duo had made and had been warranted but not taken into custody despite they were publicly engaged in various activities in Kanthankudy area,
d) As there were interferences despite several had been arrested, to prevent investigations being continued regarding vandalizing Buddha statues at Mawanella on 24th December 2018 by a group led by Zaharan Hashim as had been reported to the National Intelligence Bureau by Sri Lanka Muslim Council on 28th December 2018 and also a minister of the government himself had stated,
e) As the government had failed to take legal and security measures regarding a considerable number of Sri Lankans joining the ISIS and carrying out various activities of Islamist extremist organization within Sri Lanka long before the attacks on Easter Sunday,
f) As the Prime Minister, who is a member of the Security Council, had failed to fulfill his obligation by not attending its sessions,
g) As taking action despite foreign intelligence agencies informing that a suicide bomb attack would be carried out targeting Catholic Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka and information had been given about the attackers, their phone numbers and identity card numbers had been neglected
Furthermore, neglecting to take action despite the relevant intelligence services had warned about the definite attacks immediately before such attacks on 21.04.2019,
h) As action was not taken despite the Deputy Inspector General of Police Priyalal Dissanayake sending a letter DIG/SPR/126/ 4.19 under the heading ‘Information of an alleged plan attack’ that a suicidal attack would be carried out on 21st April 2019 targeting precise places drawing special attention to the statement of the State Intelligence service stating that ‘information has been received regarding an alleged plan of suicidal attack by the leader of ‘ Nations Thawahid Jaman ‘ Mohomad Saharan’ to the following:
• Director/ Ministerial Security Division
• Director/ Judicial Security Division
• Director/ Retired President’s Division
• Acting Director/ Diplomatic Security Division
• Acting Director/ Retired Presidential Division
So that the terrorist attack targeting civilians on 21.04.2019 could have been definitely avoided or its impact could have been minimized,
2. As the Prime Minister and the ministers without accepting the responsibility but attempting to shove the responsibility to other parties and the ministers of the government coming out with contradictory and erroneous statements creating chaotic and insecurity regarding public security and people’s lives after the series of attacks on 21.04.2019,
3. As certain ministers of the government have obstructed the investigation process regarding suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday attack on 21.04.2019 and preventing such investigations,
4. As the government failed and didn’t pay due attention nor did it act in a responsible manner regardless of existing in the country a tense situation among various communities after the attacks on 21.04.2019 to prevent extremist violent acts including murder, arson and clashes among people that broke out in Gampaha area and North – Western Province on 13.05.2019 despite it possessing laws and regulations to prevent and subdue any other attacks that would occur after the terrorist attacks that were carried out on 21.04.2019 or any other violent move,
5. As the government has failed to salvage the economic process in the country or has failed to restore the school and university academic process in the country, failed to bring back to normalcy the performance of the state and the private sector and neglected the responsibility and accountability it should fulfill for the people despite a month has gone by since the attacks on Easter Sunday,
6. As it failed to prevent the attacks on 21.04.2019 and the anarchic situation that exists in the country due to not bringing to normalcy the security situation in the country and the lives of the people that has allowed foreign countries to intervene in the internal affairs of the country, this Parliament proposes that it has no confidence in the government of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
1. Anura Dissanayaka
2. Vijitha Herath
3. Nihal Galappaththy
4. Sunil Handunneththi
5. Bimal Ratnayaka
6. Nalinda Jayatissa