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UNP MPs started to attack us: Jt.Opp

3 May 2016 09:31 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Joint Opposition said UNP MPs had started the brawl inside the Parliament chamber, when some Joint Opposition members were conducting a peaceful protest inside the chamber today.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo, Joint Opposition leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena said the Joint Opposition had sought permission from the Speaker to express their views on the removal of army personnel from the security detail of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“The Speaker granted us permission and we questioned the Prime Minister about it. The Prime Minister gave us an explanation. When the explanation was over, Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka sought permission to express his views on the same subject,” he said.

He said, with the Speaker's permission, Minister Fonseka had started to read out a prepared speech regarding the withdrawal of the army security of Mr. Rajapaksa; “Then we went on to the Well of the House to show our disapproval of it. His behaviour was also contrary Parliamentary procedure,” he said.

He said MP's from both sides were injured in the clash, and that the Joint Opposition he had never expected such an eventuality.

Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila said UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma was the one who had started the brawl by attacking MP Prasanna Ranaweera.

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardena said the government should take the responsibility if any harm befell Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 9

  • Madlin Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:58 AM

    Dinesh the public are not idiots. Hammering people inside parliament is not a peaceful protest via DM Android App

    ANTON Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:16 AM


    Duminda Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:57 AM

    Only way to curb these thugs are expedite

    Sincere Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:17 AM

    Is this such a mature politician?

    Sunil Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:45 AM

    The day Sri Lanka prevents thugs from becoming politicians and are replaced by decent educated people, is the day the bright minds who migrated to other developed nations to avoid this madness will consider returning to Lanka.

    Mevan Wednesday, 04 May 2016 04:17 AM

    Track records clearly show whose goons are capable of attacking innocent people.

    Sunimal Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:17 AM

    Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse is an MP and trtherefore he very well could have personally answered the allegations made by Gen. Fonseka in Parliament. Why is he not coming to parliament? Why is he getting others to talk/shout/use violence on his behalf?

    Leo Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:32 AM

    Mr. Bandula Gunawardane my children and their children will have to pay back the loans we got which MR looted will you take responcibility to ensure the younger generation is safe guarded via DM Android App

    nalaka Wednesday, 04 May 2016 06:37 AM

    first these thugs attack and now all lies via DM Android App

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