Opposition Leader abusing Parliamentary Privilege, PM tells Speaker
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested the Speaker yesterday to take a decision regarding the Leader of the Opposition as he is purportedly abusing a special privilege afforded to him under 27/2 of Parliament’s Standing Orders to raise questions. He urged the Speaker not to allow anyone to act arbitrarily in Parliament, even if it is the Leader of the Opposition.
“Parliament cannot function this way. The Opposition Leader can ask questions about a fire or some other emergency anytime without going on and on,” the Premier said.
He also urged the Speaker to not allow anyone to “make a mockery of parliamentary democracy”. Parliament has become a ‘house of comedy’ every morning when Parliament meets, the Prime Minister said.
He said that the Speaker should give an order in this regard and it should be implemented immediately.
The Speaker said that he also feels that the Opposition Leader has abused the special privilege afforded to him. “Let’s try to prevent that. We will start the process to make necessary amendments to Standing Orders for that soon,” he said.
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