Special statement not permitted
Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara yesterday did not permit the Chief
Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera to make his special statement in
Parliament as the Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardane
pointed out Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake had given a detailed
reply to the same statement made by the Chief Opposition Whip in the
House on August 18.
The speaker said if the Chief Opposition whip has new issues to be
raised which did not include in his previous statement, the opportunity
can be granted on another day to present such information.
Eventhough the Chief Opposition Whip tried his level best to present
his same statement, he was not provided the opportunity for it.