The no confidence motion brought by Samagi Janabalawegaya and the opposition against Minister Udaya Gammanpila was defeated by a majority of 91 votes. 152 votes were received against the motion and only 61 votes were received for the motion. Accordingly the no confidence motion was defeated by a two thirds majority by the government. Minister Udaya Gammanpila said the opposition has not been able to present an alternative to price increase of oil. He said that if oild price formula was in operation, a liter of petrol could have increased to 179 rupees and diesel to 134 rupees.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said that the no confidence motion gave the government opportunity to show its unity. He said that those who are connected to the Easter Sunday attack brought the no confidence motion against Minister Gammanpila.
Taking part in the debate MP Maithreepala Sirisena said that there was no government that has not increased price of fuel. All governments have faced the oil price issue. He said that a long term programme with at common agreement should be introduced considering it as a national problem. He said that all governments have taken loans from state banks. He added that the government and opposition should act collectively on behalf of the people.
MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said that Petroleum Corporation is the hub of country’s economy. The present oil problem cannot be solved without increasing the capacity of oil refinery. He pointed out that the present oil problem is a long term issue for governments.
Minister Namal Rajapakse said that the government is facing a pandemic which no other government has faced. However, the government has been able to protect jobs in the state and private sector amid challenges. Steps have been taken to increase export by opening factories to earn foreign exchange. He said that vaccination programme is taken place successfully.