Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today in Parliament removed his tie bearing the logo of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA) as a mark of protest against the government for not allowing him to make a statement under the Standing Order 23-II
When Mr.Wickremesinghe rose on his feet to make his statement, the Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Opposition Leader, in his statement, had referred to some matters now lying before a court of law.
“A copy of Mr. Wickremesinghe’s statement has been sent to my office. I went through it. In certain paragraphs of the speech, Mr. Wickremesinghe has referred to some matters which come under sub judice law. There is a legal case mention. It is now lying with the Court of Appeal. We cannot debate matters pending before court,” he said.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said that he was ready to omit such sentences which were in contravention of the Standing Orders, and make his amended statement.
However, the Leader of the House, Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardane and External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said each sentence in Mr. Wickremesinghe’s statement were inter- linked, and therefore, the statement could not be entrained even with the omission of controversial sentences.
They asked Mr. Wickremesinghe to redraft his statement to be made in the House on a different day so that the government could give a proper reply. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera - Pix by Samantha Perera)
Sam Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:02 AM
I am sure the Leader of the Opposition knows the standing orders better than any other member of the House. What a crying shame that the Government MP's behave in this manner!!
Ruwan Ferdinandez Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:07 AM
Fair point from the government MPs. Ranil's protest is very ineffective but what else can you expect from somebody who has been in the opposition half his life.
Chutiya Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:40 AM
Aiyo, who care about the tie. We Sri Lanka do not believe tie is the crown juvel. No does ti show any symbolic value for average sri lankan.
Nodrog Tuesday, 29 November 2011 10:38 AM
Would have made bigger impact if he had removed something else!
Krishantha Rohan Tuesday, 29 November 2011 10:38 AM
The government is running the Parliament and the Opposition has no say, no democracy. We blame the UNP Members who jumped to the Government benches to make the UPFA a majority. Ranil has been in politics and knows what he is doing.
Wijenayake Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:31 PM
Had he realized the futility of wearing it long before, he would be reigning the country today.
Tamilson Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:31 PM
What a Tie !!
Meeharaka Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:43 PM
What a comedy he is acting with a tie
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