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Heated arguments erupted in the House today over the inclusion of the statement made by Tamil People's National Alliance MP C.V. Wigneswaran in the Hansard despite requests made by the Opposition to expunge it.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Manusha Nanayakkara pointed out that he requested the Speaker to expunge from the Hansard the statement made by MP Wigneswaran claiming that the Tamil Language was the first language in Sri Lanka. However, it was included in the Hansard.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Nalin Bandara said MP Wigneswaran had violated the oath he had taken in Parliament not to support or advocate a separate State soon after an hour and said he could even be removed as an MP for making such a statement.

Government MP Shantha Bandara, who joined the cross talk, said there were occasions where statements made against the Constitution had been expunged from the Hansard in the past and requested the Speaker to expunge this statement similarly.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhane clarifying the inclusion of the statement in the Hansard said any MP had a right to express his or her point view in the House and said it was not against the Privileges Act.

Meanwhile, Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Rauff Hakeem, who joined the cross talk, admired the ruling of the Speaker saying that the Speaker’s ruling was perfectly correct in keeping with the Privileges Act.

“If anyone deemed that MP Wigneswaran had violated the Constitution, they could complain to the Police,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)


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  • Lumbini Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:05 PM

    Speaker is correct.

    Khan Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:10 PM

    See we people are the only nation becomes the refuge in our own land Yes anybody have freedom to say any thing in the parliament but we should have right to remove from the Hansad It seems Rulers don't have to courage to take correct action. JUST THINK THOSE PEOPLE CAN TO BETTERMENT TO THE NATION?

    Kumara Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:20 PM

    World Democracies allow free speech in the parliaments and any elected member making any statements cannot be legally held responsible. If the same speech made outside parliament then they are liable legally.

    J. Jeganathan Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:13 PM

    Who allowed this Tiger (Vigneswaran) to talk and create communal violence's. Speaker should make his dirty mouth pasted.

    AB Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:41 PM

    Vigneswaran is politician,who grab votes by stimulating ,Tamil language,culture in northern people of the country, and trying to introduce them as separate entity,that's the only way for him to enter the parliament, that is racism, but sinhalese and Tamil people more closer by intermarriage between them, in future he will not get votes based on racism

    Manogaran Salgilledevan Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:42 PM

    Vicky is trying to be too smart, be aware of this Tiger, he should be kept in the cell, otherwise - everyone has to face danger.

    Seeniraja Lolweswaran Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:45 PM

    Police action should be taken against Wigneswaran for violating the Parliamentary rules and regulations.

    Vadamahan Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:56 PM

    If new govt try bringing SL a Buddhist country then there will be division in future. When British leaves there were two national communities they thought they would live harmonyly. But that didn't happen thereby govt instead take action SL as a secular state bring prosperity in future

    Rajiv Sirinivasa Thursday, 27 August 2020 03:03 PM

    Why dont someone in power get this man Vigneswaran reported to Police. How can this man say tamil is the first language. Has he come from the moon. What separate state this kind of psychopaths.

    Gayan Thursday, 27 August 2020 03:08 PM

    Rubbish statement, Rubbish arguments. Does not worth spending time with it.

    Gamage Thursday, 27 August 2020 03:46 PM

    MPs can violate the Constitution. Voters cannot! Funny!

    ANTON Thursday, 27 August 2020 04:14 PM

    HE IS TRYING TO IMITATE TAMIL NADU MAD MOVIE CHARACTER.

    vithura Thursday, 27 August 2020 07:46 PM

    The speaker's stand is correct! Those members who disagree with statements made by any member of parliament on any subject, should present their counter arguments in the chamber and that too should be included in the Hansard! After all, the parliament is not an echo chamber, but a debating chamber!

    Professor Thursday, 27 August 2020 07:53 PM

    Can any rational person tell me, factually what has he said for such emotional outburst?

    ram Thursday, 27 August 2020 09:31 PM

    Like Sinhalese expects Tamils respect their sovereign, Sinhalese should respect Tamils' sovereign

    Premila Wednesday, 02 September 2020 02:43 PM

    If Wigneshwaran's statement is wrong why cant other MPs can't prove it giving evidence


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