Seeking PM’s intervention ‘shameful’:
Identity crisis in UPFA
Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said it was a shame that a group
of members elected to Parliament from the UPFA is seeking Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe’s intervention, to resolve an internal matter
relating to their identity within the UPFA.
The Prime Minister told Parliament on Wednesday (February 10) he had
to talk to President Maithripala Sirisena, the UPFA leader regarding
this issue, since all these Joint Opposition MPs were elected to
Parliament from the UPFA.
An UPFA group seeks recogonition as an Independent Group within the
Opposition. “I don’t think the Premier should get involved in ‘domestic’
issues of the UPFA, the Deputy Speaker told the Sunday Observer
He said the President had nothing to do with parliamentary matters
and added that he would only have to look into those concerning the UPFA.
“We can’t interfere or influence the rights of MPs. Every MP has a
right to make a choice of his political career,” he said. After
Tuesday’s (February 9) incident in Parliament, members of the Joint
Opposition agreed to negotiate and ask the Premier to sort out this
issue. As far as I am concerned, Parliament is not the place to stage
protests as it is not the Lipton Circus or Fort railway station to stage
People engage in protests due to various grievances and injustices at
Lipton Circus or opposite the Fort railway station. “In Parliament, we
can’t do things, we do in the street. Parliament is a place to debate,
pass legislation and do the right thing. Parliament sustains democracy.
Democracy is all about the parliamentary system,” he said.