War of words between Ranjan and Indika

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By Yohan Perera  
Allegations and counter-allegations flew accross the House during parliamentary sessions yesterday when Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and joint opposition MP Indika Anuruddha traded words on the Divulapitiya incident.  

It happened when the deputy minister rose to answer an oral question asked by the MP regarding the Divulapitiya electorate. The opposition MPs raised objections saying it was the Leader of the House, the Chief Government Whip or the subject minister who had to answer the question.  

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his response said he had permitted the deputy minister to answer the question as per Standing Order 27. However Speaker Karu Jayasuriya overruled him and directed Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilleke to answer the question.  

Matters hotted up when the deputy minister attempted to explain saying the MP and his family were engaged in illegal sand mining in the area. “The whole of Divulapitiya has been destroyed because of illegal sand mining in the area,” he said.  

The MP then showed a letter written by the deputy minister to Minister Kabir Hashim asking him for an access road to a quarry. “The deputy minister has made this request on behalf of his henchmen who were engaged in a business of supplying rock stones for the port city project,” he said.  

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera who joined in the verbal tussle said the document which was tabled by the MP should be sent to the government analyst because Mr. Ramanayake has denied signing any such letter.  

The matter came up again when Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera raised a supplementary question. Minister S.B. Dissanayake to whom the qwuestion was directed said the MP’s question had nothing to do with the original question. “Learn to raise oral questions in the proper manner,” he said while using an uncomplimentary word.  

The MP raised the matter again a little later with Mr Ramanayake raising a point of order. This was despite repeated requests made by the Speaker that the two MPs should allow the proceedings to continue.   

“Raising points of order has become a joke,” the Speaker said.