I was threatened with death: Speaker

2016-02-10 15:49:29

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that an anonymous caller had threatened him with death unless he recognised the joint opposition MPs as a separate group within Parliament.

"It is essential to resolve matters without resorting to disruptive acts and using force, and I must inform the House that someone called me on Tuesday night and told me that I would be killed if I failed to recognise the joint opposition MPs as a separate group," he said.

Mr Jayasuriya requested that the joint opposition MPs discuss the matter with the president. He said it was the SLFP which had a problem and that the opposition MPs should resolve it within the party. He said he would have no problem with recognising joint opposition as a separate group if matters were resolved within the party .

MP Dullas Alahapperuma said an inquiry should be carried out to find out who had threatened the Speaker with death.

MP Wimal Weerawansa said the Speaker should not worry about issues within political parties and only decide whether to recognise the joint opposition as a separate group.

The matter came up when MP Dinesh Gunawardane raised a point of order stating that the issue of the joint opposition should be resolved without delay. He said the matter had been hanging fire for five months without a settlement.

MP Bandula Gunawardane said the joint opposition did not want the opposition leader's post. He said that the issue was that the group had not been given the right to raise questions under Standing Order 23(2) and move adjournment debates.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said matters could be resolved through a committee.

Mr Gunawardane said there should be a time frame within which the committee should come up with its recommendations.

It was decided that a committee would be appointed when President Maithripala Sirisena completed his tour of Germany. The time frame and other criteria were to be decided after the president's return. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • chux Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:16

    This was the political culture they carried carried by those thugs

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    jangi Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:52

    Why does he make media statements and not complain to the police?

    Reply : 1       1

    Dutchy Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:17

    Prompt Police complain will arrest of the alleged accused. (media shows serve any purpose?)

    Reply : 0       3

    Sapu Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:18

    UNP MP was previously threatend in Parliament for mentioning thajudeen and now this

    Reply : 1       3

    usoof Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:18

    it is better to die on feet than on knees

    Reply : 0       3

    Coconut Republic Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:23

    We are having phd in this subject of intimidating

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    Man Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:39

    Then, it must be an MP of that joint opposition who are clever in such tasks and used to do so, up to the 8th of January 2015.

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    Mahinda Mama Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:13

    Still cant get over the old habits. How can these thugs be in parliament

    Reply : 1       2

    Aquarius Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:45

    This is the worrying question of all peace oving citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 1       2

    Katie Thursday, 11 February 2016 09:08

    All are power hungry people. They have no rope to hang on to now, so best is they hang themselves instead of creating unrest in the country. All empty vessels making the biggest noise.

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    Sangaralingham Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:53

    Cowards... no shortage of them. Must discuss the matters openly in the parliament is in session. Speaker role is to listen to the members and act wisely. Groups can meet outside to discuss and individually raise any concern while the house is in session.

    Reply : 0       1

    Jayantha Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:59


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