Sajith prevented from overstepping provisions


By Rose Kenny

  Sajith Premadasa in his speech in parliament yesterday, said that there is talk in society that the government has ousted many who had been given appointments during the UNP regime and commenced a political witch-hunt.

“After our government was appointed in 2015, we never engaged in political vengeance. Hence I inquire whether the government intends to reinstate these employees and when.”

Raising a point of order Minister Wimal Weerawansa noted that the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has no provisions to speak under standing orders 27/2 to speak other than what is in the written document.

Thereafter when Sajith Premadasa was continuing despite objections, Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando citing 27/4 brought to the notice of the chair that he should not be allowed to continue.

The presiding member at the chair ruled that the opposition leader should discontinue his speech.

He asked if the government intends to grant 100,000 jobs in January by ousting those who had been given employment during his government.

However, the government members objected to the Opposition Leader and stated that it could not be taken up for debate and only the written document could be read out.

The presiding member at the chair told the Opposition Leader that he could  not continue.