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SJB decides not to support government anymore: Kiriella

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Colombo, Feb. 07 (Daily Mirror)- The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will not support the government despite the President's appeals, as the government has acted arbitrarily during the recent past, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella said today.

He told a news conference at the Parliament Complex that the President keeps appealing to the Opposition to join hands with the government whereas the government has shown no concerns for the opposition.

MP Kiriella said the government attacked the peaceful protest organised by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and that it was attempting to obtain SJB support by force.

"We continued to support the government. We supported it to pass several Acts such as the 21st Amendment. However, the government has acted arbitrarily during the recent past," he said.

Kiriella added that the government had also passed the Online Safety Bill without adhering to the Supreme Court recommendations where 11 of the SC recommendations had not been adhered to when enacting the Bill.

He said the decentralized budget allocation for MPs had not been given to Opposition MPs this time so as to corner them.

He said it was not a sudden decision for the SJB MPs to walk out of the House at the time of the President's policy statement and that it was a well-planned decision.

Responding to a question whether the SJB would take action against several MPs who remained in the House despite the party decision, Kiriella said no action will be taken against them as they had a right to do so. 

"We are a democratic party. They can take their own decision," he said.


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  • Gamini Wednesday, 07 February 2024 04:20 PM

    who wants losers support

    Mizaru Wednesday, 07 February 2024 04:26 PM

    The this to Ajith Mananperuma, who may be on the verge of jumping. Cheers!

    Mung okkoma yaluwo malli Wednesday, 07 February 2024 04:33 PM

    Soon Sajith will be in Ranils arms. Stop conning the people.

    Frustrated action Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:00 PM

    When have you supported the govt. By walking out what benefit would accrue to masses? Further what action would you take on your guys who stayed? How can we rely on. Wastage of time and effort going behind these guys.

    Nimal Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:26 PM

    No right thinking person should support this hypocritic government. It does not practise what it preaches, the pin president being one of the worst amongst them. No action is being taken to bring the fraudsters who have relieved the country of billions of dollars to book. None of these people, including the pin president, the prime minister, the ministers and the mps have taken any meaningful steps to practise austerity in the midst of this economic crisis. To the contrary, in additions to engaging in all sorts of corruption, they are spending public money lavishly to enjoy lives of luxury.

    Lakshman Mad Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:35 PM

    Their leader same as his father.he has mental order which growing suspicion anyone .father did to GAMINI

    Suhada malli Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:45 PM

    If you don't want to support the president, at least support the country by presenting your own 25 year national development plan and strategies and the necessary policy changes. Your economic advisor Prof Rohan Pethiyagoda is on youtube agreeing that the country needs atleast 25 years to develop. So now shut the crap and come for the next election with a 25 year plan. Giving a few school buses wont be adequate for a meaningful recovery though it is much more tangible than the bathalakola of the NPP (JVP)

    Ah Wednesday, 07 February 2024 05:52 PM

    Blind lead the blind out. Those stayed envision RW's vision

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 07 February 2024 06:35 PM

    They never supported the government even during covid times.

    Grace Wednesday, 07 February 2024 06:59 PM

    People know that SJB is a party which is a skillful game playing group. SJB politicians are jittering after India invited Anura Kumara.

    Tom Wednesday, 07 February 2024 08:03 PM

    This is hilarious. SJB never supported the government. From the very beginning, it was the opposite. Unlike other countries, the dirty politicians in SL never united at least for a year to save the country from total anachy

    Ruwan Wednesday, 07 February 2024 08:54 PM

    What these jokers should do is to at least give their plan to the government. Then if the govt takes no notice, then they have reasonable grounds to boycott. There's nothing like that. That's why their recent rally too became an utter flop and a waste of money.

    No Alternatives Brought Up Thursday, 08 February 2024 07:21 AM

    You are absolutely correct. No alternatives are brought up either whenever there is a debate. Just barking around

    SJB support Not Felt / Needed Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:02 PM

    Your support was not felt

    Rogue Wednesday, 07 February 2024 09:10 PM

    Joker

    Patcitz Thursday, 08 February 2024 12:32 AM

    And so are the people on you!

    RR Thursday, 08 February 2024 05:48 PM

    DONT TRUST RANIL W. HE IS AN OPPORTUNIST


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