Opposition decides not to work with Government

The opposition, backing ex- president Mahinda Rajapaksa, today vowed “non-cooperation” with the government as their attempt to bring no-confidence motions against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in the parliament was disallowed.“We will practice the policy of non-cooperation,” Dinesh Gunawardena, a Rajapaksa supporter and leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna told reporters. The bond scandal involved the firm of Central Bank chief’s son-in-law. It was alleged that the company had benefited from inside information on the bank’s decision to sell 10 billion rupees (USD 76 million) worth of bonds. “Party leaders met today to discuss business for the third week. We asked the two motions be debated. The government refused,” he said. Gunawardena said Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella did not consent to two no-confidence motions against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to be taken up during the third week of this month, the Press Trust of India reported. “They said a date can be given only in July,” he said.The Rajapaksa supporters charge that Wickremesinghe and Karunanayake mismanaged the economy, causing massive losses, over the Central Bank’s sovereign bond issue in late February.