MP Dullas Alahapperuma said the MPs who recently became independent in Parliament along with him have been prevented from taking part in debates due to the political clout in the legislature being controlled by a certain ‘invisible force.’
He stated that this has been proved by drastically curtailing time allocated for his Parliamentary group to speak during Parliament sessions.
The MP alleged that his independent group had been barred from airing their views during the recent debates on the Emergency and the Interim Budget tabled by the President. He added they have already brought the issue of suppression of democracy in Sri Lanka to the notice of a few international lobbies such as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union as well as the SAARC Zone Parliamentary Association.
Alahapperuma made these comments during the inaugural media conference convened by the Nidahas Janatha Sabhawa (NJS) in Colombo yesterday (2).
The SLPP MP stated that the NJS will not be merely yet another political alliance whilst terming it as a forum that has been established towards the introduction of political reforms long sought by the masses and described it as a decisive movement in the country’s political history.
By Vineetha M. Gamage