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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa was engaged in a showdown with Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene in Parliament leading to an uproar.   

The commotion began when the Speaker announced that the comment made by Mr. Premadasa that Sri Lanka is a failed state will be expunged from the Hansard.  

“Please permit me to expunge this sentence as it would have a negative effect on Sri Lanka,” the Speaker said.   

“I never said Sri Lanka is a failed state. I only said the Government is a failure. I know my English. Please respect my linguistic skills,”  Mr. Premadasa shot back. 

 Tamil National People’s Front MP Gajendrakumar Ponnabalam who joined in the cross talk said MPs can voice their opinion. “If an MP says Sri Lanka is a failed state, it is his opinion. Therefore there is no way one could expunge an opinion expressed by an MP,” he said.   

The Speaker then said he will check the Hansard reports and make a final decision. 

 

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  • Sokrates Saturday, 05 December 2020 08:29 AM

    It is well known worldwide, that Sri Lanka is a failed state, especially since the Rajapaksa Mafia Clan is ruling.

    Ha, ha, ha Saturday, 05 December 2020 08:35 AM

    He will sleep on it!!!

    BigEars Saturday, 05 December 2020 09:25 AM

    I have been watching the live parliament proceeding on TV and the speaker lacks knowledge and authority . My puppy does better.

    Wickremasinghe, Tokyo Saturday, 05 December 2020 09:40 AM

    By any standard, this Speaker is nothing but a JOKER.

    Ronnie Bugger Saturday, 05 December 2020 11:41 AM

    Let us have an open debate in English - not singlesh - between the Hony. Speaker and Opposition Leader Sajith. The winner takes it all.

    Dravid Bakmeena Saturday, 05 December 2020 02:49 PM

    This speaker is the worst there has been in Parliament for sure, he doesn't seem to know much except usually rule in favour of the government in most matters. I am sure there were better people who can do a clean job without taking sides being the main job of a speaker.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 05 December 2020 05:22 PM

    Order, Order, Order!

    R.Nanay Sunday, 06 December 2020 05:59 AM

    I also agree that this speaker doesn't have a backbone to control the undiciplin and mostly uneducated members in the parliament. Most of these members behave like street thugs and because of these guys our parliament looks like fish market (Malu kade).

    Thor Sunday, 06 December 2020 06:36 AM

    Who let the dogs out????

    Manta Sunday, 06 December 2020 06:38 AM

    Meanwhile there are people dying and no one to lend a hand!


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