Sri Lanka Speaker orders investigation in to parliamentary brawl

Nov 23, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Chamal Rajapaksa has appointed a special committee to probe the brawl between the ruling party and opposition party legislators on Monday during the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presentation of the budget.

The opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and the parliamentarians complained that the ruling party MPs assaulted them as they were walking out of the House in protest to President’s budget speech.

“Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has ordered to initiate an investigation into the unacceptable behavior exhibited by some MPs in the House during the budget speech by President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” Health Minister and General Secretary of the government’s main coalition party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Maithripala Sirisena said Wednesday.

The brawl started when some opposition MPs displayed placards saying “shame” in the House floor when President Rajapaksa commenced presenting the 2012 budget to the parliament.

The President recommenced the speech after the UNP walked out of the House Chamber.

Minister Sirisena addressing a media conference today condemned the opposition MPs’ behavior of bringing in placards and posters and disrupting the budget speech.

The Minister accused the opposition party of deliberately instigating an incident to create the mayhem for display to the invited foreign diplomats in the gallery.

“It was their premeditated plan to disrupt the presentation of the budget,” the Minister has said.

Following the incident the President asked the opposition to work responsible and display maturity in their behavior.

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