Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardana today expressed his disappointment over his personal residence being set on fire in the violence on the 9th of May. The MP speaking in Parliament today questioned what crimes he has committed in order to deserve such a fate.
MP Gunawardana said he has served the country dedicatedly and has shared his knowledge and has acted with the utmost respect. The Parliamentarian added he has never lived in a Ministerial residence during his terms in office and questioned how torching his ancestral home can be justified.
The MP also condemned the failure by the Police and the Army to prevent such incidents from taking place and being mere bystanders and charged that the fire brigade failed to respond to douse the fire. The MP proposed that an article be included in the Constitution that ensures the right of an individual to live in peace in their residences.
MP Bandula Gunawardana also stated that if action is not going to be taken, the Speaker must call for an investigation by the Inter-Parliamentary Union to protect the rights of public representatives.
Meanwhile, joining the debate, Parliamentarian Harin Fernando expressed his dismay over the experience of MP Bandula Gunawardana. The Parliamentarian also expressed his regret towards MP Gamini Lokuge adding that he was left without a single shirt following the fire.
MP Fernando condemned such acts and said such incidents of political vengeance are unacceptable. He noted that the residence of Wijepala Hettiarachchi, who is no longer in Parliament, was also set on fire adding that such measures were politically motivated.
The MP said the Galle Face protests and Parliament must be linked to move forward and ensure such incidents don’t repeat.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe added supporters of all parties were involved in the violence on the 9th of May at ground level. The Premier speaking in Parliament today said supporters were involved for personal reasons or as an advantage for parties adding that all sides are linked to the developments.
The Premier added all those involved in the violence must be investigated and brought to book and called on party leaders to remove anyone found to be guilty from the party. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the Samagi Jana Balawegaya however will not engage or think of engaging in such violence, as they are more focused on formulating ways to corner him.
The Premier added that the leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake will also take action against supporters who are found to have engaged in any form of violence on the 9th of May.