Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Shehan Semasinghe has questioned the Speaker over the action being taken against Members of Parliament who work contrary to the Constitution and the country’s law.
Speaking in Parliament today MP Semasinghe said the Speaker is setting a negative precedent if action is not taken against such MPs.
The MP said all MPs are Constitutionally sworn in and pledge to uphold the law.
However, MP Semasinghe said if some MPs believe they can work arbitrarily, contrary to the law, according to their own whims and fancies, action must be taken to protect the law and the Constitution.
He noted that failure to take action in this regard, will lead to everyone disregarding the law.
Joining the debate Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman recalled how former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was a supporter of the ‘88 and ‘89 riots, who went to Geneva, Switzerland and requested that the mitigation of the rebellion be stopped.
MP Rahman questioned the former President of his consistency, if he was willing to support the mitigation of the people’s struggle which is also a similar movement.
The Parliamentarian said his faction rejects violence, murder of Parliamentarians and the torching of MPs houses.
He noted that those who engage in such criminal acts must be punished by law.
Parliamentarian Rahman claimed that a majority of protesters from the people’s struggle were peaceful despite some engaging in violence.
He stressed that politicians have failed in their duty, if they fail to understand the demands of the people who formed such a struggle.