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‘Measures to enable MPs to enter Parliament’

The Joint Opposition engaged in a protest outside of Parliament against the new Constitution as the Constitutional Assembly took up for debate the Interim Report of the Steering Committee. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.
The Joint Opposition engaged in a protest outside of Parliament against the new Constitution as the Constitutional Assembly took up for debate the Interim Report of the Steering Committee. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said steps would be taken without delay to enable Parliament Members to access the Parliament without being hindered by protesters, yesterday.

He stated that he informed the Police to assure that the Members of Parliament (MPs) attend the sittings.

He added, however, he was informed that 2,000 to 3,000 protestors attempted to forcefully rush into the Parliament and such attempts cannot be allowed.

The Speaker made these observations yesterday when a heated situation was created between the Government and the Joint Opposition (JO) when JO Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena charged that the Joint members were deprived of attending the debate on the interim report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms which was held in the House of the Parliament.

Raising a point of order, MP Gunawardena stated that the privilege of the Joint Opposition members have been violated due to the road block. UNP Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara said that those who cannot attend the debate on the interim report of the Steering Committee, like those of the National Freedom Front, are staging protests. He added that they were bankrupt politicians.

Joint Opposition Member Dinesh Gunawardena said that right of the Members to attend the Parliament should be guaranteed.

Minister Kiriella said that only one access road to Parliament out of three has been closed. 


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