All parties that contested the last general election on the UNF ticket under the ‘elephant’ symbol had decided to oppose the no-confidence motion, and it was mandatory for all their MPs to vote against it.
The UNP leadership has now instructed the party’s legal unit to remove Rathana Thera from the parliamentary seat.
Special order to UNP MPs
Chief government whip Gayantha Karunatilake has issued a special order, in accordance with the British parliamentary tradition, that the UNP MPs should vote against it.
He has sent the order to the MPs by registered post.
That order will be the key piece of evidence when taking legal action against any MP who would be disobeying the order, said leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.