Parliamentary proceedings suspended

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Parliamentary proceedings were suspended for 10 minutes this afternoon (06), after a heated argument broke out over Police firing tear gas and water cannons at the Horu Go Gama protest in Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla.

Members of the Samagi Jana Balawewa (SJB) staged a protest within Parliament, with MP Harin Fernando and several other SJB MPs visiting Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena’s room, demanding his arrival.

Fernando threatened that in the event the Speaker refuses to arrive, he will be detained inside Parliament.

Moreover, the group of SJB MPs urged that the Speaker take up the No Confidence Motion immediately, adding that if a day is not set for the NCM to be presented in Parliament, the public will be brought to Parliament to resolve the matter.

Responding to their requests, Abeywardena stated that a discussion pertaining to the matter will be held with all Party Leaders on Monday (09).

Parliament was later adjourned till 17 May by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.