Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa today requested the Speaker of House to use his powers and take up the No-Confidence Motion tabled against the President by the Opposition for debate in Parliament immediately.
Speaking in Parliament today, MP Premadasa said the Speaker must protect the rights of over 22 million people over the rights of 225 MPs.
The Opposition Leader said Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana is obligated to table the Substantive Motion in Parliament and call for a vote on the Motion as it is the practice of Parliament.
He said the Motion must only be in the Order Book for five days adding if not, the Speaker must suspend Standing Orders and take the Motion for debate.
MP Premadasa said the debate can be held next week.
Furthermore, the Opposition Leader said attacks on the protest march organised by the Inter University Students Federation yesterday carried by the Police was a violation of basic human rights.
He said the Head of State, Prime Minister and security forces must acknowledge human rights adding freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom to protest are several such rights.
The MP said the Samagi Jana Balawegaya vehemently condemns the attack on the peaceful protest organised by the IUSF.
MP Premadasa said the opposition stands with 22 million citizens.
Responding to the charges levelled by the Opposition Leader of the House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said two No-Confidence Motions have been filed against the government and the President.
Minister Gunawardena said the Speaker called a Party Leaders meeting yesterday and discussed the No-Confidence Motion, and even prior.
The Minister said repeatedly raising the matter in Parliament is futile.
The Opposition Leader said he raised the matter in Parliament once again as the public must be made aware of the developments of the No-Confidence Motions.
Commenting on the Speaker’s reluctance to take up the No-Confidence Motion against the President for debate in Parliament, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella said the then-government refused to provide a debate pertaining to the murder of Richard de Zoysa as the matter was in Court.
MP Kiriella said instead the then-Speaker considered the proposal and removed any unnecessary details and took the matter up for debate in Parliament.
The Chief Opposition Whip said he has a gut feeling that the Speaker is attempting to delay the Motion against the President from being taken up in Parliament.