UPFA MPs protest outside parliament

Published : 9:29 am  April 22, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Darshana Sanjeewa
 
Several UPFA MPs, provincial councillors and their supporters staged a protest outside parliament yesterday against the Bribery Commission’s move to summon former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to record a statement from him.
 
The protesters blocked the Parliament Road for more than five hours and ignored the vacate order issued by the Kaduwela Magistrate. The police handed over the court order to National Freedom Front (NFF) Vice Chairman Piyasiri Wijenayake.
 
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WPC Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the Yahapalana Government was seeking revenge from its opponents.
“Going after the Rajapaksa family is a move by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to satisfy the needs of the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora,” he said.
 
Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila said Bribery Commission Director General Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe was hounding the prime minister’s opponents.
 
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“If it is a bribe to appoint a minister then it is a political bribe to appoint Mr. Wickremesinghe as PM and 26 SLFP MPs as ministers. Therefore, these appointments should be probed first,” he said.
 
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Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi, MPs Wimal Weerawansa, Gamini Lokuge, Namal Rajapaksa, Bandula Gunawardana, Duminda Silva, Manusha Nanayakkara, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Rohitha Abeygunawardana, Dilum Amunugama, Kumara Welgama, Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Provincial Councillors Udaya Gammanpila, Samanmali Sakalasuriya, Yasapala Koralage and Roger Seneviratne were among those who took part in the protest.
 
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Meanwhile, MP Bandula Gunawardane said they would not back down from their efforts to install Mahinda Rajapaksa in office by defeating the incumbent government.
 
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