The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it is ready to work with the Alliance government on a clean slate and support issues in Parliament on a case-by-case basis.
The clergy however did not support the governments first test in Parliament in appointing a Speaker yesterday on the claims that two of its members were influenced by the Alliance to vote with them, going against the JHUs decision to abstain from the vote. rn
rnTo counter the two dissident votes, two of the remaining seven JHU members voted with the opposition, effectively cancelling off the undemocratic votes as the Monks call it and securing victory for the UNFs candidate for speaker.rn
rnldblquote They (the government) hijacked two of the JHU votes. We only neutralised any damage this could have caused,
dblquote said the leader of the JHU, Ellawala Medananda Thero.rn
rnHijacking two of their members is ldblquote undemocratic and an injustice to the people
dblquote and the government needed to be corrected, JHU members told Journalist