Dinesh suspended from parliament for a week
Posted on March 8th, 2017

 By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana

Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena has been suspended from parliamentary sittings for a week following a vote taken due to the MP repeatedly disrupting proceedings today (8).

A total of 85 parliamentarians voted in favour of the decision and only 22 voted against while another 114 were absent during the vote, Ada Derana reporter said. Three MPs abstained from voting.

With the Speaker announcing that NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa and members of his party cannot sit independently in Parliament, the MPs representing the ‘Joint Opposition’ including Gunawardena had behaved in an unruly manner while disrupting proceedings.

This had resulted in parliament being adjourned for 10 minutes while afterwards the Speaker ordered the Colombo District UPFA MP to leave the House.

Gunawardena was ordered to leave the House under Standing Orders 74. (1), which states that the Speaker shall order members whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from Parliament during the remainder of the day’s sitting and may direct such steps to be taken as are required to enforce his order.

However, the MP refused to heed the Speaker’s orders and continued disrupt the proceedings, prompting Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to order him to leave the chambers for a third time and summon the Serjeant-at-Arms and police officers.

Gunawardena still refused to move stating that he would only leave the parliament if an MP brings a motion against him and it is passed with a vote.

Finally the Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella tabled a motion stating that Dinesh Gunawardena should leave the parliament and that he should be suspended for a week.

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6 Responses to “Dinesh suspended from parliament for a week”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    මව් කුසේ සිටියදී පවා පාර්ළිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කළ මෙරට සිටින පරිනතම දේශපාලකයන් අතර පෙරමුණේ සිටින දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාට සතියක පාර්ළිමේන්තු තහණමක් පනවමින් කථානායක කරු ජයසූරිය තම ස්වාධීනත්වය කෙළෙසාගත් බව දේශපාලන විචාරකයන් පවසයි.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    The most biased and unprofessional Speaker we ever had. A disgrace to the post.

    SLFP didn’t contest the election. It contested as part of the UPFA but it is recognised. CWC and SLMC didn’t contest alone. They contested under UPFA and UNP respectively but they are recognised.

    But NFF and MEP are not recognised!

    This is parliamentary despotism at its worst.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Considering the Yahap actions/intentions for the future of Lanka (Crash & Sell policy), the entire Country ought to be shouting in front of the Parliament !!

    Mr Dinesh Gunawardene ought to have been allowed to express his feellings on the matters at hand.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Sinhasanarudha Kathanayaka-thuma’s decision to disallow the NFF and the MEP to represent themselves as Independent Parties, while allowing the constituent parties of the Yamapalanaya that IDENTICAL right, smacks of INTOLERABLE DOUBLE STANDARDS and DISCRIMINATORY application of Parliamentary Rules and DENIAL of Parlimentary Privileges!

    This should be CHALLENGED in the Supreme Court!

    Sinhasanarudha Kathanayaka-thumani!

    Aiyoooo, Lajja Nathda Mey

    Parlimentuwey Horakam Karanney

    Api Watting Pitting Bala Sitinawa

    Kathanayaka Waridi Karanawa

    Eyagey As Rathu Wenawa

    Bala Sitina Matath Andennawaaaaaaa……..!

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    You might remember I STRONLY OPPOSED this COPE CROOK from becoming the COMMON CANDIDATE. We flooded ALL pro-UNP forums and OPPOSED him.

    But there is a BIGGER DANGER. IF Sira dies this becomes the ACTING PRESIDENT until a presidential election or appointee from parliament. He makes that decision and does that process!!! Horror!!

    He will NOT give a chance to MR or ANYONE else other than his choice. Given UNP’s UNPOPULARITY he will NOT allow a presidential election!! Very dangerous.

    (MR CAN become the next president IF parliament approves him IF Sirisena dies. Only restriction is MR CANNOT CONTEST a presidential election.)

    Still believe in demo-crazy?

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Katussa (Lorenzo),

    Who cares to REMEMBER EACH and EVERY tiny BURP you EMIT?

    WHO CARES?? WHO??

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