Wimal and Prasanna suspended from House

Published : 12:06 am  September 22, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (166) reads | 
  • MP Weerawansa suspended for a fortnight for abusive language 
  • MP Ranaweera, accused of grabbing the mace, gets four weeks
  • JVP members walk out when motions presented

 

Life-1-7By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

Two joint opposition MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Prasanna Ranaweera were yesterday suspended from Parliament for two weeks and four weeks respectively for violating parliamentary ethics. 

The motion to suspend Mr. Weerawansa was passed by a majority of 18 votes with 39 members voting in favour and 21 against while the motion to suspend Mr. Ranaweera was passed by a majority of 20 votes with 41 members voting in favour and 21 against. Mr. Ranaweera was accused of trying to grab the mace while Mr. Weerawansa was accused to have used abusive language.   


UNP and TNA members voted in favour of the two motions while the JO and the 16 SLFP dissidents voted against. JVP members walked out when the motions were presented by House Leader Lakshman Kiriella. The other opposition members including EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda were not present at the time of voting. In 2016 and under the previous standing orders, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had suspended Mr. Ranaweera and UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe for having engaged in fisticuffs during one of the sittings. This is the second time MPs were suspended for unruly behaviour in Parliament.   

 

UNP and TNA members voted in favour of the two motions while the JO and the 16 SLFP dissidents voted against. JVP members walked out when the motions were presented by House Leader Lakshman Kiriella