Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today that a parliamentary session cost as much as Rs.4.6 million and therefore the MPs should take their work seriously in the wake of a tense situation over the mispronunciation of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake's name by UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardane during a speech.
The atmosphere turned noisy after Mr. Karunanayake demanded the resignation of Mr. Gunawardena.
He accused him of mispronouncing his name to give a wrong impression about him to the people and it was a malicious act.
However, Mr. Gunawardane said he apologized to the Minister with permission from the Speaker, and therefore there was no need to make a fuss about it. The commotion that existed led to the session being adjourned for a short while. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)