New Delhi: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is under increasing pressure to resign amid widespread protests in Sri Lanka. The country’s leading Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday said it is ready to support the opposition on the issue of no-confidence motion and impeachment against the President. As part of anti-government protests, over 10,000 people gathered at the Galle Face Green Park on Saturday and protested throughout the night. The main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balavegya (SJB), on Friday announced a no-confidence motion against Gotabaya. Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa has called for abolishing the presidential system.

The SJB and TNA have a total of 64 members in the 225-member house. The ruling Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) coalition had 150 votes at the time of the election, but 42 MPs have pulled out of it. Gotabaya, on the other hand, has called a meeting to discuss the current economic crisis, to which 11 coalition parties as well as 42 independent MPs have been invited. The government is scheduled to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday for financial assistance.

On the other hand, since Saturday morning, a large number of people started gathering on sultry faces. The Secretariat is also located at this place. By evening, the entire road was filled with protesters and traffic was disrupted. “We are still here,” one protester said in a post on internet media at 6 am on Sunday. Witnesses said the crowd protested throughout the night.

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has accused the Gotabaya government of incompetence. “It didn’t happen in our time… people didn’t have to line up to buy essentials,” he said. People are on the streets and the failure of the Gotabai government is to blame.

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Newly-appointed governor of Sri Lanka’s central bank, Nandalal Wickremesinghe, vowed to overcome the economic crisis, saying it would require the central bank to remain independent. He also said that President Gotabaya had instructed him to ensure measures to overcome the economic crisis by giving him the right to run the bank independently.