The no-confidence motion against Power and Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila was defeated in Parliament yesterday with 61 MPs voting for and 152 against it.

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The no-confidence motion against Power and Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila was defeated in Parliament yesterday with 61 MPs voting for and 152 against it.

The motion was defeated during an electronic vote taken yesterday after two days of debate.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Tamil National Alliance and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna voted in support of the motion.

However, some SJB members who had supported the Government during the vote on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution had also voted against the motion yesterday.

The NCM against Minister Gammanpila was handed over to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on June 22.

The NCM alleged that the Energy Minister had sanctioned the increase of fuel prices without the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers, in violation of the Constitution.

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