The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today that there was no alternative to the current crisis other than a General Election.
Addressing a press conference, its Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said that the country was in an unprecedented situation in which the Government was contemplating to boycott Parliament.
He said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was partial.
“There are strong grounds for boycotting Parliament,” he said.
He said even minority Governments used to receive majority representation in the committee of selection of Parliament, but the present Speaker had departed from it.
“The Committee of Selection appoints the Business Committee of Parliament commonly known as the Party Leaders’ Meeting.
“That works out the agenda and all else. It is in the hands of the Leader of the House representing the Prime Minister. Today, the Leader of the House has no control because the Government is in minority at the Select Committee.
“The Speaker has assigned five members to us, five to the UNP and one each to the JVP and the TNA. That is completely wrong,” he said.
He said neither the JVP nor the TNA was entitled to seats in the Committee.
Referring to the attempt to move a No Confidence Motion on the cut off funds for the Prime Minister’s Office, he said it was unlawful.
“Funds are allocated in the annual budget. It has already been passed. In any case, Finance Bills can be brought by the Government, not by the opposition. No party has 113 seats in Parliament. The Speaker gave his ruling on the Committee of Selection on the basis that the Opposition got 121 votes. You have to deduct 14 seats for the TNA and six seats for the JVP. Then, the UNP has only 101 seats. We have 103 seats,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
To conduct early elections are you funding from your pocket GL?
Donald Monday, 26 November 2018 07:16 PM
Another guy who spell bounded by MR with black magic.
Gentleman Monday, 26 November 2018 07:23 PM
BL first be a gentleman. Why you are trying to gain and remain in power forever. Can you honestly say that you are supporting a statesman or a gentleman. All power hungry crooks.
Voldy Monday, 26 November 2018 07:27 PM
You don't even have majority in the house and you want majority in the select committee? What childishness?
People's Party Monday, 26 November 2018 07:30 PM
He, he, hooooooo!!!!!
Chux Monday, 26 November 2018 07:30 PM
You all have created this mess so you have to pay for it
Zub Monday, 26 November 2018 07:32 PM
Seems very confident! Any Jilmart?
Lankan Monday, 26 November 2018 07:33 PM
Yes Professor. President too has lost his crredibilty among the general public. Good to have both together. How can you run your Government without going to the Parliament.
Dee Monday, 26 November 2018 07:35 PM
Go home. Loosers!
Saradiel Monday, 26 November 2018 07:40 PM
Who created this crisis in the first place? Because of greed, MR and the gang call early election in 2015 and it backfired. If he had patience and come the proper way, very positive that he would have won a general election easily. Since tried to get power by force, it backfired again for sure. You people will never learn.
Amith Monday, 26 November 2018 07:45 PM
I believe that no alternative but a Presidential Election is what is needed to get rid of the President who created all this mess for the country
rupa Monday, 26 November 2018 10:54 PM
BUSHE Monday, 26 November 2018 08:03 PM
ALL THE BUGGERS DO NOT WANT ALTERNATIVE. THEY WANT POWER. NEVER MIND COUNTRY SUFFERS. SO ALTERNATIVE SHOULD BE DECIDED BY COURTS.
666 Monday, 26 November 2018 08:15 PM
Somebody please gag this idiot shouting on top of his voice 'No alternative but a General Election' all the time like a parrot.
mad dog Monday, 26 November 2018 08:38 PM
Professor, first establish who is the legal PM of our country, Then we want the government to be dissolved. There is no place for Ranil and there is no place for Mahinda. Then we need a good leader to take our country forward. Sadly your name is not there. Please do not bark too much.