Welgama has BBC Sinhala Service that the president should grant the power of government to the side that commanded a parliamentary majority.
Speaking after the UPFA MPs decided to boycott the House sessions yesterday (27) in protest against speaker Karu Jayasuriya, he said he made his stand known to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the president’s PM appointee.
It is up to him to accept or reject it, Welgama said, adding that it was unpleasant for him to see the ongoing drama in parliament.
His colleague Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the best solution to this constitutional crisis was to go before the people at a general election.
Meanwhile, former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that had he been the incumbent speaker, he would not have convened parliament in the present scenario, until the court decision was given.
Speaking in parliament, SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem raised a privilege issue and said an investigation should be conducted into the media’s reference to Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister after a no-confidence motion against him was passed.
There is no prime minister or cabinet of ministers, he insisted.
Sending a letter to the speaker, UPFA MPs ask him to stop publicizing the Hansard for November 14, 15, 16, 19, 21 and 23, saying the sittings on those days were not conducted in accordance with the constitution, standing orders and parliamentary traditions.