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By Kelum Bandara


Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today said the manner in which the members of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) behaved during the second reading of the budget were unacceptable.

The UNP members had stood up and created a severe din in the House on Friday when the vote was being taken on the budget. The speaker also told parliament he would take appropriate action regarding the incident where a bottle of water was thrown by a government MP at opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Shortly after oral questions, Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena said the UNP staged this protest after attending a discussion on the budget.

“It is unacceptable, during debates, we confront each other verbally but we have not seen such a commotion during a vote on the budget vote in the past. We ask the Speaker to take action to avoid a repetition of such unruly behaviour in the future,” he said.

Mr. Wickremasinghe in his reply said if the UNP had violated the decorum of the House, the Speaker could have named the particular MP or MPs and asked them to leave the chamber.

“Had the Speaker given such an order, we could have left the chamber. The Speaker did not give such an order. During the vote, a bottle of water was thrown at me. Water spilt on some of the important documents I had on my table,” he said.

But Mr. Gunawardena the Speaker had asked the UNP MPs to be quiet and sit down, but they had defied the Speaker’s order.
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  • malkanthi Monday, 05 July 2010 09:29 AM

    Well hope the school children will not follow the mannerism of the leaders of this country! When people promote hooligans by ballot, this is the outcome, it will be worst time to come!!!

    Nahfees Monday, 05 July 2010 10:11 AM

    Our parliament is a joke !!!

    pandula Monday, 05 July 2010 10:11 AM

    Now, Its has begun. The Parliment Jokes 2010.

    Saradial Monday, 05 July 2010 10:58 AM

    Even Kids in Kindergarten will not behave like this MPs

    Aiyo Aiyo Monday, 05 July 2010 11:04 AM

    Simple theory but unfortunately our people are yet to learn their lessons. You vote for ...... and this is what you get.

    Bluff Bluff Monday, 05 July 2010 11:23 AM

    Mr. Speaker, I will dig into the earlier Hanzards to read what you have said when the venerable Bikkus were manhandled and harassed in the same parliament a few years ago.

    Mahen Monday, 05 July 2010 11:44 AM

    what about your govt Sir who behave like hooligans in Parliament including your brothers outside parliament. Clean your house up before cleaning others.

    AMILA.G Monday, 05 July 2010 01:37 PM

    Saints are talking ,please note.

    Lal Hannadige Monday, 05 July 2010 09:28 AM

    You all are bunch of jokers wasting public funds and doing nothing bringing hardship to people of the country.


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