The 20 Amendment bill was defeated at the Southern Provincial Council (SPC) today with 27 Joint Opposition members voting against. Only one UNP member who was in the chamber the SPC the session refrained from voting.
A tense situation erupted at the Council session, when the Chairman of the Council K. A. Somawansa presented a letter by the Southern Province Governor requesting the bill be taken up for debate on September 12 as it needed to be amended.
When the council members returned after the session was adjourned for 15 minutes, due to the tense situation between the Joint Opposition and UNP members, the session was once again thrown into disarray when the mace was forcibly taken away by a UNP member.
All UNP members, except for one, left the chamber in protest after Joint Opposition members forcefully bought the mace back.
The 20 Amendment bill was defeated at the SPC as only the Joint Opposition members in the (D. G Sugathapala)
Pix by D.G. Sugathapala
Video by D.G. Sugathapala
shanthapriya Tuesday, 29 August 2017 02:37 PM
It s look like a funny rugby match every member trying to grab the mace running here and there. See the delightful referee watching silently
Sharon Tuesday, 29 August 2017 02:39 PM
Mace has become like a baton in a relay...
suresh Tuesday, 29 August 2017 02:42 PM
Mr.Arjuna Ranatunga please comment on this behavior of your fellow politicians. What culture does it represent?
max Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:35 PM
Well done but not to the hooting.
Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:56 PM
The Mace, comparable to the scepter of a king, is a remnant of imperial times and does not make sense any more nowadays. Give the Maces to the museums.
ravin Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:16 PM
It appears that necessity has arisen to open psychiatric hospital near every provincial council.Because we have elected mentally unstable lot at grass root level.
TONY Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:04 PM
IMPOSE FINE FOR THOSE UNAUTHORISED PERSONS TOUCHING THE MACE. PEOPLE FROM THE SLUM BEHAVE BETTER THAN THESE COUNSELORS
GH Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:07 AM
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