UNP withdraws motions against ministers

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) will not go ahead with its earlier plans to move votes of no confidence against two senior cabinet ministers.

Nor will it press for adjournment debates over issues that have confronted these ministers. Two such four-hour debates were to come up when Parliament meets later this month. One of the no-confidence motions was to be against Petroleum Resources Minister Susil Premajayantha over the import of 20,000 tons of adulterated fuel from Dubai.

More than 2,000 motorists found their carburetors clogged or encountered serious engine problems forcing them to undergo financial losses. Though the government has assured them compensation, no payments have yet been made.

Another vote of no-confidence was against Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka. This was over regular power interruptions that took place countrywide despite his assertions that there would be no power cuts.

No official reason has been given by the UNP for the change of mind. Party sources said a statement would be issued on the two matters later.

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