Leader of National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa today said that five members belonging to his party will function independently in opposition and that they should be recognized as a separate party in Parliament.
Mr. Weerawansa said he has informed the Speaker about this decision in writing earlier and the latter had failed to heed the request.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who responded said Mr. Weerawansa had only handed him a letter but did not make a public statement about it. He said the UPFA leadership had informed him that Mr. Weerawansa had not notified his decision to him. However, Mr. Weerawansa said he did make a statement and that he would send a copy of the hazard.
Minister Rauff Hakeem said there is precedent that an MP or MPs who contest from one party is not recognized as a separate group. Accordingly, he said his request to recognize SLMC as a separate group in the House was not accepted as his party had contested the re-election under the elephant symbol.
MP Dinesh Gunawardene said former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has given a ruling that parties in the House are recognized as separate groups if their leaders are elected as MPs. (Yohan Perera)
Gp Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:59 PM
Now that's enough, please return to your den.
Casanova Wednesday, 22 February 2017 10:30 PM
Looks like the "Parippu" weerawansa is eating in prison starts to do all these.
Rodney Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:38 AM
Ruse to get more votes at Party leaders meeting....Speaker will not will buy it I am sure
Punny Pellow Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:44 AM
So many views and no solution!!!
WISE DONKEY Thursday, 23 February 2017 08:26 AM
Is he changing the ship?
Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:23 AM
He left JVP first, now leaving JO and next he has to leave the Parliament and reside in the prison.
KOLA KOTIYA Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:36 AM
OK WE WILL ACCEPT. BUT YOU HAVE TO CONTEST FROM NFF N WIN THE SEAT
Vijith Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:07 AM
Is Weerawansa gets his monthly allowance from MR like other JO members?
Kadiya Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:36 AM
What, didn't get the support from your Godfather???
Selvyn Thursday, 23 February 2017 05:55 PM
He is digging his own grave and overconfident after the throng of people at the courts. Unfortunately now he wants to act independently. via DM Android App
ceylon Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:09 PM
these few years has to do so.from next election no mp for them also leader in jail. via DM Android App
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