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Seating to be rearranged if 16 SLFPers sit with opposition

21 April 2018 11:24 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Parliament Secretary General Dammika Dassanayaka said yesterday the seating in Parliament would have to be rearranged if the 16 former SLFP ministers, state and deputy ministers opt to sit in the opposition on May 8 when the Parliament reconvenes after the prorogation.

He said this in the wake of media reports that they were likely to sit in the Opposition after officially informing Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

“We haven’t been informed about their decision. If they give us ample time by doing so before May 8, we will have to re-arrange the seats to accommodate them in the Opposition,” Mr. Dassanayaka said.

He said President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to issue an extra ordinary gazette notification indicating the time of the opening of the second session of the 8th Parliament on May 8 soon after he returns from London.

Mr. Dassanayaka said the President would make a policy statement when Parliament is reconvened.

He said the gazetting of the time of the opening in the gazette that prorogued Parliament was not unusual as this had happened in the past as well.

Mr. Dassanayaka said the terms of the 16 Sectoral Oversight Committees like the Finance Committee and the High Posts Committee would not expire with the prorogation but nearly 50 various other committees like COPE and House Committees have to be reappointed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 9

  • Unchikun Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:14 PM

    May I suggest mats as these fellows are already on the mat. It will result in saving tax payers money.

    Cluless Sunday, 22 April 2018 04:29 AM

    Canteen would be the best place for them.

    ANTON Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:16 PM

    BETTER ARRANGE A MUSICAL CHAIR CONTEST......

    Dudley Basanayake (Attorney-at-Law) Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:34 PM

    Let them sit or stand who cares for these rubbish idiots.

    K.M.R. Rukman Dissanayake Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:36 PM

    They are not suitable to sit in the Parliament, they should go home.

    Jal Perera Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:38 PM

    Very soon they will sit with JO, no doubt as they have received big basket full of money from Mahinda.

    Leelaratne Gamage (Lawyer) Saturday, 21 April 2018 12:40 PM

    How come Dillan and Dayasiri went to UK? Who met their expenses?

    Joe Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:15 PM

    These guys should be seated on a cobra. "ULA Thiyanna Onae:

    chandra Sunday, 22 April 2018 06:33 PM

    16 JO-mps can give their seats to new SLFPers who are coming to Opposition and 16 JO-mps can.sit on floor. MR, NR, MA may give their seats to Dilan, SB, Daya respectively and they will sit on floor. Do not worry. They will Manage.


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