|Thursday, 24 January 2002|
by Parliament Correspondent
The PA last evening walked out from the Parliamentary debate on the Prime Minister's Policy Statement at the end of the speech of MP Nimal Siripala de Silva.
The MP who extensively cited instances of alleged post poll violence against PA supporters from a list in his hand maintained that it was futile to debate the Policy Statement since the Government has failed to act on its pledge to do away with confrontational politics.
While the PA MPs were exiting from the Chamber, Chief Government Whip Mahinda Samarasinghe rose to point out that the action of the PA was a clear indication that there were some elements among its ranks who are unable to stomach the speech made in the morning by former Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar who took a moderate stand.
"The PA is visibly divided today. Former Minister Kadirgamar made a moderate speech in the morning. Their walk out is a clear indication that they resent his speech", he said.
The Minister said that since the PA walked out from the debate they can not participate in the debate tomorrow. "We want this debate to continue since other parties in the Opposition are keen to participate in the debate".
TULF's Parliament Group leader R.Sampanthan complained that the PA has taken more time than was allocated to them out of the opposition time and requested that this time be given to them.
The Chief Government Whip agreed to the request.
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