SJB MP Wijesiri removed from Chamber
Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Chaminda Wijesiri was suspended from attending Parliament sessions yesterday (23) by the Speaker of the House for attempting to assault MP Nimal Lanza inside the Chambers.
The incident took place when MP Nimal Lanza expressed his opinion on Local Government elections during the Committee Stage debate on the budget proposal 2023.
MP Nimal Lanza said that the government does not want to postpone the Local Government election. “However, people say there are too many council members already. People see the election as a waste of money. That is why we are trying to minimise the number of electoral divisions. All parties should get together and come to an agreement regarding this. If so, we won’t have to postpone the election. I personally believe that the electoral system is irregular. Do you want to continue with this system?”
After MP Lanza made this observation MP Chaminda Wijesiri questioned it off mike. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena requested MP Wijesiri to not create trouble in the Chamber.
Then raising a Point of Order Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha said, “Look at the behaviour of this MP. He tried to assault the other MP. Please refer this matter to the disciplinary committee. There are similar one’s in paddy fields also. He got up and went up to the MP. This House is there to discuss, not to assault. How can he assault another MP? He should withdraw.”
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who was present at the Chamber too expressed his dissatisfaction over the SJB MP’s behaviour and requested the Speaker to send the MP out.
As per the Standing Orders, the Speaker then ordered MP Chaminda Wijesiri to leave the Chamber.
MP Nimal Lanza then said, “I expressed my opinion regarding the LG polls. Then these honorable MPs try to attack me. I too have my moves. But I didn’t do that because I want to protect the honour of this House. Honorable speaker, please take action against his behaviour.”
In reply, the Speaker said that MP Chaminda Wijesiri will not be allowed to participate in the business of parliament during the day.