Had MR brought NCM on October 26, JVP would have supported – Handunnetti

Friday, 12 July 2019

Had Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) brought a No-confidence Motion (NCM) against the government without attempting to overthrow it violating the Constitution on October 26, 2018, the JVP would have definitely supported that NCM, said Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti.

He was participating in the debate on the JVP’s NCM against the government in Parliament yesterday over their failure to avoid Easter Sunday terror attacks.

“Many people are blaming us for opposing the illegal attempt to overthrow the government on October 26. We did that because it is a violation of the Constitution. That whole attempt was illegal. How could we support such an attempt? We brought this NCM because it is the democratic way to overthrow a government. If the UPFA did that on October 26, we would have definitely supported them,” the JVP MP said.

He said Rajapaksa and the UPFA are fortunate that they did not succeed in their October 26 attempt to overthrow the government because had they succeeded, they would have to deal with all the issues the government is facing today. “In fact, Rajapaksa had admitted recently that the political coup was wrong,” Handunnetti said.