Tense situation in Parliament

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Parliament sessions ended abruptly today after the joint opposition stormed the Well of the House claiming that the government was trying sabotage tomorrow's 'Jana Balaya Kolambata' protest rally.

However, the government rushed through two laws including one on the payment of remuneration to employees of the Office of Missing Persons. An adjournment debate which was to be moved by the JO was not taken up as a result of the commotion.

The trouble began after MP Dinesh Gunawardene asked why the government was trying to sabotage the protest by obtaining stay orders from Courts.

“Welikada police had gone to courts to obtain a stay order against the protest saying it will risk the security of the parliamentary complex. The police have done this on orders from the top,” he said.

The MP said the permits obtained by various people to hire private buses had also been cancelled.
JO MPs Dallas Allahapperuma and Prasanmna Ranatunga said the government had denied buses to the devotees who were visiting the church of Our Lady of Matara for the annual feast.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who responded said the police could always obtain a stay order on a protest under the Privileges Act to allow the MPs to come to Parliament without any hindrance.

“The Police do not need orders to ensure the safety of MPs,” he said and added that only one transport authority is under the purview of the government while the provincial authorities do not come under the central government and therefore the government does not have the power to stop the hiring of private buses.

Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said the government had not obtained any stay order to stop the protest but had taken steps to ensure the safety of the people.

Members on both sides were arguing for some time while House Leader Lakshman Kiriella moved the Bills and motions. 

JVP MP Sunil Handunetti rose to speak as the debate was underway but suddenly the government decided to go for a vote and it was announced that the Bills and motions were duly passed.

Speaker then called for the adjournment debate but the House was adjourned moments later thus ending the sessions for the day. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • Ash Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:20 PM

    What a waste of time, effort and money. At this rate might as well handover SL to be managed by another country or entity.

    Saman Tuesday, 04 September 2018 05:16 PM

    I am a big patriot. but this country can't be developed. Invasion warmly welcome.

    Jaliya Tuesday, 04 September 2018 05:49 PM

    Excellent comment and in deed coherently true. My farther said that in 1950 … As his only son I said it for the first time in 1983 and billion times since then … if those who only knew what a free society and democratic process can achieve in terms of abiding and respecting the laws and having equal rights and freedom … receiving respect from other countries and having a passport that is worth holding with your both hands !!

    Raj Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:07 PM

    We sri lankan got a mentality to always blame the government. Even if wife runs away with the nabour he will blame the government only. It's a curse to people of this country till we remove our party Color glass.

    Harini Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:27 PM

    Aiyo! Baya wela!


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