no-confidence motion moved by the joint opposition against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
That is because the JO will not be able to get it passed without the support of a considerable number of UNP MPs.
Palitha Range Bandara, Wasantha Senanayake, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Chatura Senaratne and Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera have been mentioned as the MPs who are likely to side with the JO.
Range Bandara says there are quite a few, but declines to name them
When asked by BBC Sinhala Service about the matter, Range Bandara said there were quite a few, but declined to name them, saying they will be targeted if revealed.
He said he was yet to take a decision himself.
Stressing that not just the leader, but the entire mechanism of the UNP should change, Range Bandara said that if not, he and several other MPs were ready to vote in support of the no-confidence motion.
He said the party should have a new leadership, who would listen to the people and understand them.
There’re many qualified to be the leader
The party leader should be senior, a Sinhala Buddhist having the blessings of the Buddhist clergy and at the same time commanding the trust of Tamil and Muslim communities, he said.
Range Bandara said that however, he and his group would not allow ‘the illegal to come to power again.’
Wasantha Senanayake, too, has been strongly critical of the UNP leadership.
But, BBC Sinhala Service’s attempts to contact him failed.
Would take a decision depending on the content of the
no-confidence motion – Wasantha Senanayake
Earlier, he has said that he would take a decision depending on the content of the no-confidence motion.
The JO handed over the no-confidence motion to speaker Karu Jayasuriya on March 21.
Government members of the UPFA T.B. Ekanayake, Nishantha Muthuhettigama, Susantha Punchi Nilame and Cader Mastan signed it
The JVP has decided to support it, while the TNA is yet to take a decision.