Mahinda’s SLPP MP’s justify their unacceptable behaviour in parliament

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapakshes new party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today urged the public to blame Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and not SLPP Parliamentarians for the disgraceful incidents witnessed in Parliament over the past few days. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the public outrage at the events which took place in Parliament over the past few days should be directed at the Speaker and not them for Throwing water bottles, a wastepaper basket and a copy of the Constitution at Speaker Jayasuriya  Occupying the Speaker’s podium with the portly Arundika Fernando brazenly sitting on the Speakers High Chair. Johnston Fernando, of the UPFA  grabbing the chair and others with him then proceeded to use the chair, […]

No One Can Achieve Anything By Discussing With Creator And Instigator Of Current Political Crisis: JVP Responds Strongly To Sirisena’s Invitation

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In a strongly-worded letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, the JVP has said the party does not wish to ‘discuss’ the current political crisis with the President, as the latter has to demonstrate his resolve to address the issue by action. The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, in his letter, has explained why it decided to boycott the all-party meeting convened by President Sirisena this evening. The party, describing Sirisena as the ‘creator’ of the political crisis, says Sriisena instigated the turmoil by appointing a Parliamentarian who did not command the majority support in the House as the Prime Minister. The JVP also said the President then triggered a culture where Parliamentarians were traded off to prove an artificial majority for a chosen Prime Minister. The JVP also criticized […]

Sri Lanka Deteriorates From Genocide To Religiocide

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In Chemmalai in the Mullaitivu Distrct, after the army took over the lands, the Buddhist Priest at the army camp removed the Paillaiyar Temple there in 2009–2013, and attempted to construct a Buddhist Temple in its place. An Arasa Maram (Bodhi Tree) was planted with a small foot or so high Buddha Statue. The Tamil people there raised objections. The attempt was given up. In 2016 the military vacated the lands it was occupying. However, the Monk continued to stay. The Archaeology Department declared the land as under its purview and named Chemmalai an Chettimalai. As opposition mounted from locals, the Buddha Sasana Ministry asked the District Secretary to describe the area and the issues. The DS said there is no place called Chettimalai and […]

Sirisena’s only strategy is resorting to ad hocism

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Crisis meetings today in bid to end political turmoil that has engulfed the country President’s move brings unity to the once divided UNP; Sajith again refuses offer to be PM Numbers issue showing signs of friction between Sirisena and Rajapaksa groups Be it for good or bad, right or wrong, there is perhaps no other political leader in independent Sri Lanka, than President Maithripala Sirisena, who has touched the lives of almost all his compatriots in so short a span of just three weeks. With the stroke of a proclamation on October 26, he fell his onetime Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and foisted his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. That galvanised a United National Party (UNP), which has long been in dissension mode within the party. The […]

”Why should we stay in the government by force without the support of 113 members?” says MP Kumara Welgama

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Sri Lankan public had wondered after witnessing the unacceptable behaviour of politicians in parliament, if no MPs in Mahindas UPFA group were genuine and accepted the democracy?. One had the guts to speak against the party and its leaders stand in holding on to power. He said ”Nobody listens to us, we cannot even approach them”. UPFA Kalutara District Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama said yesterday that it was questionable for the UPFA to remain in the government by force without the support of 113 members of the House. Speaking to the media yesterday while leaving the Parliament where pandemonium reigned, Welgama said the UPFA must leave the government if it did not have the support of the majority members of the House. “we are used to […]

Rajapaksa signalled and ordered his MP’s to go ahead with their rioting in the House.

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UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said that they have a clear majority of 113 and it is MP Mahinda Rajapaksa who took oaths as the new Prime Minister, but he is unable to show his majority even after being given three chances in Parliament. At a media briefing held at the Temple Trees, Kiriella said that if another Prime Minister is appointed, he firstly should show that he has the majority, but in Rajapaksa’s case, he failed. Pointing at the Speaker’s power to hold a Parliamentary session anywhere under crisis situation, he said in the 30s when the British Parliament was bombed, the MPs gathered at the nearby Church and the Speaker appointed Winston Churchill as the Premier to form a National Government. He also claimed […]

Rajapaksa grabbed the chance of power when he was offered, probably to save his cohorts from being jailed knowing he has NO majority.

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Last week it was clear to all that despite the offers of Cabinet portfolios and cash, NO more MPs were willing to join Rajapaksa. Day two of the impasse in the House was shown on live television and the nation witnessed some of the worst scenes ever enacted in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa’s UPFA MPs led by former Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala rushed the Speaker’s chair surrounding him and abusing him.  Rajapaksa’s UPFA MP Dilum Amunugama from the Kandy district cut his hand trying to destroy the Speaker’s microphone and had to be taken to hospital for treatment for his injury-trying to destroy the Speakers microphone. Rajapaksa’s UPFA MPs threw water bottles, a wastepaper basket and a copy of the Constitution at Jayasuriya.  Rajapaksa’s supporters […]

Bidding continues – Minimum bid Rs. 500 Million !

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Reports received to ‘Lanka News Web’ inform that bidding of the members in winning the Parliament’s majority has continued. Apparently, the second round of bidding has estimated the minimum bid per member to be 500 Million Rupees. The President has emphasized his followers that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe will never be appointed as the Prime Minister under any circumstances, while they were instructed to gain the majority’s power by any means necessary. Therefore, the focus to switching members once again has been considered. As a result to anyone who tends to re-launch bidding is offered over 500 Million Rupees. It is reported that the bidding has been taken place from both Mahinda Rajapakshe’s and Ranil Wickramasinghe’s sides.

Five Top Diplomats In Colombo Warn Sirisena Of Dire Consequences

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Five Top Diplomats In Colombo Warn Sirisena Of Dire Consequences: Sirisena Delays Official Response To Speaker’s Letter Heads of five diplomatic missions in Colombo have met President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the current political crisis and expressed strong displeasure at the developments in Parliament on Thursday and Friday, Colombo Telegraph learns. Among those who met Sirisena were the heads of diplomatic missions of the US, UK, the European Union and Australia, informed diplomatic sources told Colombo Telegraph. They had informed Sirisena that his administration would face “dire consequences”, especially in the diplomatic sphere, if the crisis persisted. They had asserted that Sirisena should take the lead in resolving the crisis, without delay. At a meeting with one diplomat, Sirisena had said he had assurances from several key […]

Price of an MP in Sri Lanka has gone up to Rs. 500 Million! – Offer ends on Monday morning.

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

It is learnt that Mahinda has to prove that he has the support of 113 MP’s, hence  Wickremesinghe allies have been offered up to Rs. 500 Million to defect to Rajapaksa’s side, offer will go up and will come to an end by Monday morning. President Sirisena Wants MP’s Supporting Mahinda Rajapaka as Prime Minister To Provide Affidavits Within Three Days Demonstrating a Majority in Parliament President Maithripala Sirisena has notified the founder of the ‘Pohottuwa’ party Basil Rajapaksa to take measures to provide him with affidavits to show majority in parliament within the next 48 hours, according to government internal sources. The President had summoned the SLFP –MPs yesterday and notified them to prove that they have parliamentary majority within the next three days. Minister […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Loyalist MP’s Run Riot in the House

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Loyalist MP’s Run Riot in the House:Arundika Fernando Takes Speakers Seat;Susantha Punchinilame Sits in Secretary – General’s Chair; Pavithra Wanniarachchi,Wimal Weerawansa, Bandula Gunawardena and Mahindananda Aluthgamage Make Speeches in Mock Session. By Disna MudaligeCamelia Nathaniel and Amali Mallawaarachchi Parliament marked the lowest point in its entire history yesterday with a series of violent assaults, bloodshed, and rancorous behaviour of some MPs which led to mayhem in the House. The MPs were conducting a mock sitting with MP Arundika Fernando in the Speaker’s Chair flanked by fellow MPs when the quorum bell rang at 1.30 pm to commence sittings. Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Dilan Perera were leading slogans which demanded the immediate arrest of UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma for sneaking in a knife and UNP […]

Friday is Maithripala Sirisena’s Game day with Governance and the Constitution.

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The Friday Game or ‘Sikuraada Keliya” is what People Watch out for with Fear and Dismay as Friday is Maithripala Sirisena’s Game day with Governance and the Constitution. By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Friday, was an efficient and devoted employee, of Robinson Crusoe, later known as Man Friday, an especially faithful or one’s best servant or right-hand man. In recent weeks Maithripala Sirisena emerged more as Friday’s Man than the Man Friday, he was meant to be serving the people of this country, the job he was elected for. Friday is Sirisena’s game day with governance and the Constitution. The Friday Game or ‘Sikuraada Keliya” is what people watch out with fear and dismay – what will he do with the basic concepts of governance? What more can […]

The Newest Weapon of Rajapakshe Politics: White Van to Chilli Powder in the Eyes:At Least 4 MP’s and Many Policemen Injured.

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Tamil MP’s Sambanthan and Sumathiran were targeted by the Mahinda’s group to gain Sinhale Votes. JVP MP was assaulted by the Mahinda MP’s for refusing to take bribe from them, Mahinda tried to buy JVP MP’s. The Newest Weapon in Sri Lankan Politics: Chilli Powder in the Eyes:At Least 4 MP’s and Many Policemen Injured. By Dharisha Bastians and Jeffrey Gettleman Lawmakers hurled chairs, thick books and stinging chile powder at one another as violence and chaos erupted again on the floor of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Friday. At least four lawmakers and several police officers were injured. The proceedings were carried live on TV and beamed across the island nation. The trouble began when lawmakers allied to Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president who, in a contentious move, was […]

British High Commissioner slams ‘deplorable behaviour’ of Sri Lankan MPs

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Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka criticised the “deplorable behaviour” of Sri Lankan lawmakers as a second day of violence engulfed the chamber on Friday. “Today Sri Lankans have again seen deplorable behaviour by some MPs, unbecoming of them and of their noble institution,” said James Dauris in a tweet following Friday’s violence. “No parliament can perform its role when its own members stop it from doing so.” The British statement comes amidst a deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka which has left Colombo in political turmoil. Related Articles:  16 November 2018 : Chilli powder and chairs hurled at police as violence continues in Sri Lanka’s parliament

Cannot accept how majority shown today: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena who supports Mahinda a moment ago had informed the United National Front (UNF) that he cannot accept the manner in which the opposition including UNF demonstrated majority’s support in Parliament today (16). The President had pointed out that the Parliament session was held, amid abusive environment in the Parliament, without adhering to Parliamentary traditions and violating standing orders. The videos clearly shows that the Mahinda faction was causing the trouble by occupying the speakers chair, through Chilli powder and water bottles at the UNP MP’s, assaulting the police officers and causing damage to government properties. The President who supports Mahinda who has only 93 MP’s support against the 122 MP’s supporting Ranil had further added that he will continue to recognize Mahinda Rajapaksa as […]

‘Disgraceful’ incident in Parliament ‘shames’ the nation – Ranil

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UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the “disgraceful incident” today at the Parliament, is an incident that shames the whole nation and has to be condemned in the harshest possible terms. “This is a blow to democracy. It is a blow to all of us who are voters of Sri Lanka in whom the sovereignty lies,” he said speaking at a press briefing in parliament after its adjournment. Parliament descended into chaos for a second day on Friday as MPs representing the government threw books, chili paste and water bottles at the Speaker to try to disrupt a second no-confidence motion. “Today the parliament met after our delegations met the President and he wanted another resolution passed in parliament. We acted according to that decision […]

Sirisena’s brain should be checked if he refused to accept the second no-confidence motion.

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Reneges On His Promises Again: Refuses To Accept Second NCM Against Rajapaksa President Maithripala Sirisena has reneged on his promises once again, as he has refused to accept the legality of the second no-confidence motion adopted against Mahinda Rajapaksa. At a meeting with Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) this evening, at the Presidential Secretariat, Sirisena had said he could not accept the second no-confidence motion as his advice had not been followed. Sirisena, at a meeting with party leaders, last evening, said he could accept the no-confidence motion minus the first clause. He requested party leaders to pass an ‘amended ‘ no-confidence motion and promises that he had no issue about accepting the will of the legislature. Upon Sirisena’s promise, the party leaders today […]

No Confidence Motion Against MAHINDA Passed Again Amid Severe Interruptions by SLPP MP’s.

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The No Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet was passed for the second time amidst severe disruptions by UPFA MPs, a short while ago. The UPFA MPs staged a protest in the House without allowing the daily proceedings to take place. UPFA MP Arundika Fernando took over the Speaker’s Chair and prevented Speaker from conducting a vote by name. At that point, the Speaker conducted a voice vote, without the first clause of the No Confidence Motion against Rajapaksa moved by JVP two-days ago. Today it was again moved by the JVP. The Speaker was shielded by a large number of Police officers who entered into the House. The Speaker conducted the proceedings standing in the aisle, surrounded by a chain of officers guarding him […]

President informed after no-confidence motion against govt passed – Speaker

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No-faith motion passed in House for 2nd time: JVP – Daily Mirror – Sri … Mahinda Rajapaksa’s govt has ceased to exist – Hakeem Jathika Hela Urumaya leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the no-confidence motion was passed legally, in line with what was expected by the President. Vote reaffirms MAHINDA has no majority: TNA | FT Online – Daily FT The second clause of the motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government has been passed in the Parliament today (16) according to the parliamentary Standing Orders, the Office of the Speaker said. Issuing a press release, it said that the motion has been presented to the Parliament by MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake and seconded by MP Vijitha Herath. This […]

Sri Lanka parliament amends no confidence motion

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament has amended a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa removing reference to gazettes issued by President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya arrived in parliament under heavy police security, and took a voice vote as Rajapaksa loyalists ran off with the speaker’s chair they were sitting on. He asked for a proposal on amending an original motion of no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaska passed earlier in the week. Opposition leader R Sampanthan said amendment changed the motion, and once against re-affirmed that parliament had no confidence in him. Patali Ranawaka said the amendement also resolved that the cabient of ministers stood dissolved under the constitution. Speaker Jayasuriya carried on the vote, surrounded by a police cordon using a wireless mike. United National […]

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