DE­BATE DATE TO BE FIXED TO­DAY

In­sists with­drawal of Of­fice of Repa­ra­tions Bill that gives breath­ing space for ter­ror­ism

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPU­LLE

Pivithuru Hela Uru­maya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gam­man­pila said the de­bate date on the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Rishad Bathi­udeen would be dis­cussed to­day at the party lead­ers’ meet­ing chaired by Speaker Karu Jaya­suriya.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, he said there was no ba­sis to the re­marks made by cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als that the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion was er­ro­neous.

Re­fer­ring to the state­ment made by Leader of the House Lak­sh­man Kiriella that the mo­tion con­tained an er­ror and that Speaker Karu Jaya­suriya could re­ject it, MP Gam­man­pila said it was pa­thetic that the Leader of the House had not seen the Order Book of Par­lia­ment.

“When the mo­tion signed by 64 op­po­si­tion MPS was handed over to the Speaker last Fri­day, it was placed in the Order Book. We will urge the Speaker to take up the mo­tion in Par­lia­ment on an early date,” Mr. Gam­man­pila said.

He said they would also make a re­quest to the Speaker to take up the de­bate for two days as it con­tained 10 al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against Min­is­ter Bathi­udeen.

Mean­while, he in­sisted the gov­ern­ment to with­draw the Of­fice of Repa­ra­tions Bill which vir­tu­ally gave breath­ing space for ter­ror­ism.

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