Debate on PCoI report: JO asks Speaker for maximum time

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The joint opposition (JO) said yesterday it would request Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to allocate maximum time for the JO for the parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission’s report.

MP Bandula Gunawardana told a news conference that the JO was the group which spearheaded the campaign which revealed the Central Bank bond scam.

“Not only did we reveal the scam, we literally shed blood for this. Our MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena was injured during the protest held near the Central Bank in Colombo when a barrier fell on him. We organised awareness campaigns across the country to make people aware about the scam. Therefore, we deserve the most amount of time at the debate,” he said.

The MP said the National Executive Council which was set up during the 100-day programme and its members were also responsible for the bond scam because the council had allowed the appointment of former CB governor Arjuna Madendran.

He said it was the JO which wrote to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank informing of them about the CB scam. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Brainmaster Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:34 PM

    But JO will only shout and fistfighting via DM Android App

    Govinda Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:05 PM

    What will be JO's fate if the former MR's groups are also involved in the scam

    ananda Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:38 PM

    Bandula be specific. The bond scams and other frauds from 2008 need to be brought up and the culprits exposed. The most are from the JO. start from 2008 from MR. via DM Android App

    Sarath Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:03 PM

    Bond Commission shows that UNP and RW are clean...PRECIFAC shows that all the MR stooges are rogues...Good... let's debate!

    AM Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:31 PM

    No time to waste as there are more important cases in line to finish. Parliament is not a Courts. The old cases must be called in order.

    GH Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:35 PM

    Whoever voices over the issue, MS, RW and their stalwarts have termed the CB BOND issue, a need of the day!

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:07 PM

    Since the "JO" is not a legal parliamentary group, it has no right to demand even one minute of talk time.

    Sofia Monday, 05 February 2018 10:22 AM

    What a shame the barrier was not heavy enough and only injured Rohitha.


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