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Strong action against parliament rowdies

fightDeputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday submitted a report on the previous day’s fracas in Parliament to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.


UPFA Gampaha District MP Prasanna Ranaweera and Kalutara District UNP MP Palitha Thevarapperuma have been identified as the persons who instigated the brawl. Disciplinary action against them has been recommended.


The report was compiled by Deputy Speaker Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of Committeess Selvam Adaikalanathan.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Tuesday assigned Deputy Speaker Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of Committees Adaikkilanathan to conduct an investigation into the fracas in parliament that day and submit a report immediately.


The Report has observed that the conduct of MPs Dinesh Gunawardena, Bandula Gunawardena, Piyal Nishantha de Silva were unparliamentary as they disregarded the instructions from the Chair and created disturbances in the House on Tuesday.


MPs invading the Well of Parliament was an indecent act which had been noticed during the recent times. MPs coming to the Well in groups could lead to violent clashes.


The MPs were expected to follow instructions from the Chair all the time, the report says, adding that it was so unfortunate that ugly conduct of MPs on Tuesday was witnessed by schoolchildren and members of the public who were in the public gallery at the time.


The report recommends issuing severe warnings to all the MPs who invaded the Well of Parliament on Tuesday.


Leaders of parliamentary groups of parties or independent groups should be held responsible for the conduct and behaviour of MPs, the report recommends.


It has recommended that severe disciplinary action should be taken against the MPs who criticised and blamed the Chair.

The report suggests that it should be considered a preliminary report and ample time should be given to the two-member committee to investigate the conduct of each and every MP separately and recommend suitable action.


The Committee has made its observations and recommendations on the basis of the video footage and audio recordings of the incident.

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