Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando says Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarians left the chamber today in protest, out of fear over the Budget debate.
Minister Fernando taking the floor in Parliament said the government has no requirement to assault opposition MPs claiming the government has sufficient power within Parliament.
Minister Fernando said the government has the support of 6.9 million people.
He also acknowledged that various incidents have been reported in Parliament in the past, adding it is not a new phenomenon.
Minister Fernando said the opposition today ran away in fear of the Budget debate.
He added the SJB during the Budget debate has 90 percent of the time spewed lies from the inception.
Chief Opposition Whip Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella today said SJB MPs will not attend Parliament sessions until their security is ensured after he claimed government MPs attempted to assault MP Manusha Nanayakkara.
He added opposition MPs cannot enter Parliament if such incidents are going to take place and announced that will not be attending sessions.
The SJB MPs subsequently left the Parliament chamber in protest.