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We disagree with Speaker’s ruling over Ponnambalam’s request to raise a question … Anura Kumara

Anura Kumara
Jathika Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake has stated that their party disagreed with the ruling by Speaker on the request made by Ahila Ilankai Thamil Congress Leader Parliamentarian Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam to raise a question.

He made this observation addressing the House on Thursday. Anura Kumara said:

“We do not agree with the order by the Chair. It is a right of the party leaders of the Parliament. The decision has been delivered without any discussion. Parliament can come to an agreement without depriving .MP’s right.

We have been in this parliament for a long time and know of instances where the Speakers permitted party leaders to make special statements on issues of national importance and raise questions without any restrictions.

I would like to know how you impose this restriction without even discussing with the party leaders.The government sits on the right. The opposition sits on the left. The speaker’s chair is in the middle. But you are leaning to the right side.

Do not take this opportunity away from party leaders. There have been three sitting weeks. So far I have not availed myself of the opportunity to make a special statement. That does not mean I will abandon my right to avail the opportunity. I hope to raise this matter at the next party leaders’ meeting.”







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