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Twenty eight Opposition MPs remain in Chamber despite Sajith’s walkout

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Eventhough the group of SJB MPs including its Leader and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa walked out of the chamber when President Ranil Wickremesinghe began to present the government’s policy statement at the opening of the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament yesterday, several SJB MPs including Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Rajitha Senaratne, Kumara Welgama, Faisal Cassim, A.H.M. Fowzie, Vadivel Suresh and Ishaq Rahman remained in the chamber and listened to the President’s speech.

MP Patali Champika Ranawaka who is independent from the party was also seen listening to the President’s speech in his seat.

It is special that despite the fact that Samagi Jana Balawegaya as a party has decided not to participate in the opening ceremony of the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament, several of its strongmen have come together to listen to the President’s speech regardless of the party’s decision.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena including Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs, MP Dayasiri Jayasekara, Leader of the Freedom People’s Congress. MP Dullas Alahapperuma, MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, NPP MP Dr.Harini Amarasuriya, Tamil National Alliance including  other Tamil political party members remained in the chamber when the President presented his policy statement.

MP Wimal Weerawansa representing the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya and Ven.Rathana Thera from Ape Janabbala Party were also not seen in the chamber.

Chief Opposition Whip, Lakshman Kiriella and MP Professor G.L.Peiris also left the chamber.

At the time of the walking out the Leader of the Opposition and others of the chamber, the President continued to present his policy statement and the Ministers and MPs were attentive to the President’s statement. State Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake was heard saying in a loud voice to the departing MPs, “Sit and listen”. At that time, the Ministers warned the State Minister to remain silent. Parliament was adjourned until 9.30 am today after the President presented his policy statement for about forty-five minutes.

MPs including Patali Champika Ranawaka were seen at the tea party attended by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Members of Parliament Dining room.


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