Deputy Speaker submits parliamentary brawl report
A. C. SHAHUL HAMEED COLOMBO— Deputy Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament Mr. Sumathipala submitted a report on the fracas in the House to the Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, late Saturday. UPFA Gampaha District MP Prassana Ranaweera and Kalutara District UNP MP Palitha Thevapperuma have been identified as the persons who were responsible for the brawl at the Parliament few days ago.
When the House commenced sittings Speaker Jayasuriya stated that disciplinary action be taken against the two MPs involved in theclash.
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella proposed That MPs involved be suspended from Parliament for one week and the House agreed.
The Government and the Opposition MPs clashed in Parliament on May 3 after the Government hadrefused to accedeto the demand of Joint Opposition MPs to reverse its decision to reverse its decision to reduce security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapakse . Several MPs were injured and UNP parliamentarian Sandeeth Samarasinghe was hospitalised. Some Opposition MPs opposed the report but the Parliament approved the proposal.
The Joint Opposition said removing the Army commandos from former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s security contingent posed a major threat to his life while several moves had been made to revive LTTE activities.
The LTTE as wiped out in 2009 by the government forces during the Rajapakkse regime.