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The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to recognise the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs as government MPs and to allocate seats in parliament accordingly.

In a letter to the Speaker, PHU Leader Udaya Gammanpila said the recent remarks made by TNA MPs Mavai Senathirajah and M.A. Sumanthiran were culminations that the TNA was a part of the government.

“The TNA MPs said it was upon their request that the Prime Minister had taken the Northern Development Ministry under his purview. They also said the government agreed to consult the TNA when making Cabinet decisions to develop the North and East. If the TNA is actively and directly engaged in Cabinet decision making and observing ministries’ duties, they are clearly government MPs. In this backdrop, allocating seats for the TNA MPs in the Opposition benches and time from the time allocated for the Opposition is a grave injustice to the main opposition-the United Peoples Freedom Alliance,” MP Gammanpila said.

He said even during the time when TNA Leader R. Sampanthan functioned as the Opposition Leader, the TNA MPs acted as if they were a part of the government.

“Mr. Sampanthan will make the world history as the one and only Opposition Leader who backed four budgets without adding single amendment to them. Twice in 2018, the TNA backed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament. When all these facts taken into consideration, it is evident that the TNA is an active stakeholder of the government,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Sam Caldera Friday, 18 January 2019 02:41 AM

    The only reason this low grade man making such statememt is to have him visible in news. This is nothing but an attempt to get free publicity. There is no substance in what he says .

    Phantom Friday, 18 January 2019 08:19 AM

    On the contrary, it's sarcasm at its best!!!

    TMA Friday, 18 January 2019 04:10 AM

    It's the government who decides who stays with them not you. Is this man making a habit of uttering something stupid every week?

    surasena Friday, 18 January 2019 07:30 AM

    Dear Sir, just try to understand the basics of democracy. It is absolutely foolish idea to think that the Opposition must always has to oppose the government. Opposition has every right to assist, shape-up if necessary protest against government decisions, as appropriate.In the presence of "pundits" like you in the parliament, we may never make National Policies.

    surasena Friday, 18 January 2019 08:06 AM

    Dear Sir, just try to understand the basics of democracy. It is absolutely foolish idea to think that the Opposition must always has to oppose the government. Opposition has every right to assist, shape-up if necessary protest against government decisions, as appropriate.In the presence of "pundits" like you in the parliament, we may never make National Policies.

    Casanova Friday, 18 January 2019 08:21 AM

    This guy is a real Parasite, if individual like this is not controlled, there is a possibility the country could be divided in the future.

    Jaya Friday, 18 January 2019 08:41 AM

    Yes, the SLFP too. As long as you and your group are there, Buddhism will only in the constitution, not among the public.

    sobers Friday, 18 January 2019 08:54 AM

    A sheer Racist!. They are the fellows who brought downfall on Mahinda. A cheat who played out the Aussie and utters rubbish!

    gamini Friday, 18 January 2019 09:42 AM

    so let it be. If they are part of the govt. what is your problem

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 18 January 2019 09:55 AM

    Is this guy competent to be in parliament? According to his logic, if TNA did not do any of those, then they should be allocated seats with the JO. What a fool.

    ram Friday, 18 January 2019 01:18 PM

    kammanpolacan u anounce in public. your leader(?) MR hold which party membership first


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