House sittings adjourned after withdrawal of Bill | Daily News

House sittings adjourned after withdrawal of Bill

Parliamentary sittings were adjourned early yesterday as Leader of the House and Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella withdrew the Sri Lanka Electricity (Amendment) Bill.

The Bill was in the Order Paper for its Second Reading. However, Minister Kiriella said that he withdrew the Bill as the Attorney General had informed that the Bill was inconsistent with Constitution.

Minister Kiriella further stated that this government would not do anything against the Constitution and the Attorney General informed that the Bill was inconsistent with the Constitution, only in the morning yesterday and the government withdrew it in the evening although it was included in the Order Paper on a decision at the Party Leaders’ Meeting. He added that a fresh Bill would be presented in due course with amendments.

He made these observations yesterday when Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the Bill was inconsistent with the Constitution moving a Point of Order following the notice of motions.

Minister Kiriella said that he was to withdraw the Bill but the Opposition Leader spoke moving a Point of Order.

The Opposition Leader moving the Point of Order said that the Bill was inconsistent with the Constitution and the same has been informed by the Attorney General. The Engineers’ Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board objected to this Bill and the same vests and excessive power to the subject Minister even above the Public Utilities Commission. Hence, it provides a bad precedence.

Following the withdrawal, Parliament was adjourned until 1 p.m. today.


 

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