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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Clash Report recommends disciplinary action against MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma and Prasanna Ranaweera

Colombo, 05 May, (Asiantribune.com):

The report compiled on the clash which broke out in Parliament yesterday recommends the highest possible disciplinary action against MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma(UNP) and Prasanna Ranaweera (UPFA) for causing the tense situation to escalate into an exchange of blows, according to sources.

The report that was presented to the Speaker of the House regarding yesterday’s clash in Parliament has recommend severe disciplinary action be taken against the above two parliamentarians.

According to reports, Cabinet Minister for Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was delivering a statement regarding the decision to replace the military security of the former President with police personnel when certain opposition MPs raised objections clashed with government MPs on Tuesday (3).

Susequently, pandemonium broke out in Parliament when Joint Opposition and government members exchanged blows in the Well of the House around 1.30 p.m. causing injuries to several MPs and one of them being admitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.

Parliamentary sources revealed that UNP Kegalle District MP Sandith Samarasinghe was admitted to hospital while UPFA Gampaha district MP Prasanna Ranaweera too suffered injuries.

This prompted Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to adjourn Parliament until today and call for a report from the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees in connection with the incident. He also informed Parliament that suitable action would be instigated against the MPs involved in the incident.

The report, which was handed over to the Speaker yesterday at the Parliament premises, has reportedly made several observations and recommendations.

According to sources, it is recommended that a strong warning be issued to the MPs from both sides who gathered at the center of the chamber at the time and caused a disturbance to proceedings.

in the meantime, 'Joint Opposition' said that the clash was started by Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma who allegedly attacked UPFA MP Prasanna Ranaweera.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake, the treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party said that the Party will take strict action against MPs who were involved in the clash in Parliament. Minister Dissanayake told media today that the party has the right to take disciplinary action against such erring MPs. He added that Party MPs involved in the clash could face possible expulsion from the party.

- Asian Tribune -

The report on the clash between MPs in Parliament  was handed over to the Speaker  by the Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of the Committees Selvam Adaikkalanathan.
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