Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando says that Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is a very democratic speaker and that he intervened to protect the Speaker when Samagi Jana Balawega MP Manusha Nanayakkara came to the Speaker the day before yesterday.
“There is nothing strange to say about what happened yesterday. Everything is recorded in these videos. I remind you that MP Manusha Nanayakkara came running to you during that incident. I was also watching that. So our duty is to protect you. Hon. Speaker, if he does did not get time to speak, as a Member of Parliament he has no right to come to you and threaten and ask for time.
You are a very democratic speaker. Not like Karu Jayasuriya. We remember how Karu behaved. The Opposition was not allowed a single point of order in this. Today you are addressing Ranil Wickremesinghe as the former Prime Minister. But then President Mahinda Rajapaksa that was called MP Mahinda Rajapaksa. We will not forget them. Therefore, Hon. Speaker, I came to protect you. We remind you that we will not allow this opposition to touch you at all. ”
Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando said this in Parliament yesterday (04) while explaining to the Speaker about the heated incident that took place in Parliament the day before yesterday.