May 21, Colombo: The No confidence motion presented against the Sri Lankan government by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) was defeated in the parliament today after two-days of debating.
The motion was defeated by a majority of 94 votes with 151 members voting against the motion and only 57 members voting for the motion.
The UNP, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Democratic National Alliance voted in support of the motion while government coalition parties, Jathika Hela Urumaya and National Freedom Front were absent.
The UNP presented the no confidence motion to parliament signed by 26 MPs highlighting the government's incompetency in curbing drug trafficking and asking to reveal the state politicians supporting heroin and ethanol imports.
Speaking for the government senior minister DEW Gunasekara said that the UNP has submitted a "childish, baseless" no confidence motion submitted targeting future elections and to achieve petty political objectives.
The narcotic problem is not something confined to Sri Lanka alone but at present it has become a regional as well as a global problem, he noted.
He informed parliament hat the countries in the region have entered in to pacts to curb the menace and the Sri Lankan government has also formulated necessary laws and regulations to curtail the narcotic menace.