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Those not fit to be MPs can be removed according to latest Bill drafted: Wijeyadasa

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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - Those who are not fit to be MPs can be removed once the proposed Parliament Standards Bill is enacted, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday.

The Minister came up with this remark after arguments flared up in the House after SJB MP Chaminda Wijesiri raised a privilege issue on an allegation against him by MP Samanpriya Herath on an earlier date.

“We will present the Standard Bill to Parliament soon, but before that Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardene will speak to party leaders on this. The Prime Minister will talk to the party leaders on the Bill and will make necessary amendments to it,” the Minister said.

“Also courts have declared that the law which existed during the time of Lord Soulbury and its provisions for the expulsion of any MP from the House are still in force,” he added.

MP Wijesiri who raised the privilege issue said an indictment was issued against him for an assault.

"MP Hearth talked about an assault case but that was a case of political victimization. However, I must say that MP Herath had rented the MPs quarters given to him from the Madiwela MPs quarters. Also he said MP Hearth had entered a poultry farm which does not belong to him and had eaten the birds,” he said.

“Prove your allegations. They are nothing but false,” he said.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene also told MP Wijesiri that he will have to prove all the allegations he had made. 

MP Wijesiri earlier accused the Speaker for failing to take action on the harassment he had suffered in the hands of some officials in Parliament. He also accused those in his own party for failing to defend him.


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  • Observer Wednesday, 15 November 2023 03:05 AM

    Jokers in SriLankan parliament. Not fit for purpose.

    IGNATIUS RASIAH Wednesday, 15 November 2023 04:10 AM

    I LIKE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN

    Steve Wednesday, 15 November 2023 04:24 AM

    There will be an Empty parliament.

    Jude Wednesday, 15 November 2023 05:20 AM

    Age limit for MP's 60 years old. At sixty must retire!!

    Citizen silva Wednesday, 15 November 2023 05:39 AM

    Mahinda,

    Jude Wednesday, 15 November 2023 05:48 AM

    Hey Dealdasa, reduce the number of MP's to 100, yeah.

    Fahim reasons Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:10 AM

    It is important to consider the accountability and empowerment of citizens in decision-making processes. By establishing a truly independent Commission, elected by the citizens themselves, opportunities for recalls, the dismissal of government officials, and oversight of state tenders and the police can be realized. This approach would ensure that the power rests with the people and not solely with the government or any opposition. Mr. Minister, it is time to give the citizens a chance to have their voices heard and actively participate in shaping the future of their country.

    Veto Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:13 AM

    does anyone has Veto power ? Like MR, RW, BR. They all get the job done thru back door. Most of the laws are just on the paper. Never practised.

    Punchi Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:15 AM

    Qualifications to be an MP in Sri Lanks 1) Good Liar 2) Corrupt 3) Pander to saffron brigade 4) Break Laws 5) Have choicest words in vocabulary to use in debates 6) despise minorities. 7) Ability to organise begging expeditions overseas 8) Deceive the people with undeliverable expectations 9) Put themselves first over the people their represent 10) Have access to at least one organised crime figure to facilitate extra judicial killings and disappearances 11) Expertise in extracting commissions MORE TO COME

    Dr. Amila Kankanamge Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:29 AM

    Namal the future president will fix this.

    ravin Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:42 AM

    For sure there are certain ministers even not suited to hold a peon job in an office.

    mp Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:29 AM

    Can't you remove the rulers who robbed SL's wealth?

    Tinpot president and his criminal supporters Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:36 AM

    That will be most of the pohotuwa politicians and the president.

    Grace Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:41 AM

    Is there anyone among 225 filthy individuals fit to be an MP. ?

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:44 AM

    Majority from 225 can be included in that group.

    A hopeful voter Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:51 AM

    What about MPs who are corrupt, abuse power and tell lies? Can they be removed from Parliament?

    citizen Wednesday, 15 November 2023 08:02 AM

    "Those not fit to be MPs can be removed according to latest Bill drafted: Wijeyadasa" 1st you should be removed.

    Sambo Wednesday, 15 November 2023 08:02 AM

    What is the criteria to judge them not fit.

    joshua Wednesday, 15 November 2023 08:45 AM

    that is all you 225

    There must be purpose for an inquiry Wednesday, 15 November 2023 08:57 AM

    "Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene also told MP Wijesiri that he will have to prove all the allegations he had made." OK. What happens if he does not prove the allegations? Will the culprit or the accuser or both be expelled? This is no fun time.

    Waco Wednesday, 15 November 2023 10:24 AM

    They should be legally dealt with. If found guilty. , confiscate their wealth.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Wednesday, 15 November 2023 10:43 AM

    MPP are elected by the people by secret ballet, how can such MPP be removed by parliment. There should be a criteria for anyone to contest a parliamentary election, then redundant candidates will not emerge.

    A disgusted citizen Wednesday, 15 November 2023 10:45 AM

    The Parliament will be completely empty if unfit MPs are removed.

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 15 November 2023 11:26 AM

    Removing yourself would be a great start.

    Raj Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:58 PM

    An MP represents people of an Electorate in the Parliament and elected by the same people. Hence, when the same people find the person elected is not fit for the purpose, they should have a right to recall him. Say like 51% of the people from the electorate he/she is representing.

    sam Wednesday, 15 November 2023 01:00 PM

    How many will be there ? 200 or more.

    බැංකු හොරා Wednesday, 15 November 2023 01:15 PM

    People should not vote for corrupt politicians who practice nepotism. Dealdasa is one MP who should not be in Parliament.

    melville perera Wednesday, 15 November 2023 02:03 PM

    This chessboard assembly PARLIAMENT is a peoples; forum and not the property of the elected members. They are there to discuss the diverse problems of their constituency for a solution to keep the wheels of society moving. Over the recent years this platform has turned out to be similar to the cacophoney we hear at the zoo at feeding time with respect to no one. Most of the time personal problems/allegations are the subjects on the order paper, There were no rowdy behaviours of members who respected centuries old conventions whether it be YES or NO and gentlemanly accepted (no women then) unlike standing orders of today. and openly violated. Parliament is similar to a court of law where all in attendanc follow discipline. No rocking chairs, even the legal fraternity is not allowed to bring mobile phones Whatever the case we do not see clients or attorneys up in ams displaying disagreement occupying judges chair or throwing chillie powder or flinging court property at each ot

    Buddhist Wednesday, 15 November 2023 04:13 PM

    As usual, Wijedasa would insert clauses to block the removal of unsuitable MPs or make it difficult. Who will have the authority to implement this, it should not be the Speaker as he is a biased individual.


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