JO MPs come to Parliament on bicycles

Published : 9:15 am  November 10, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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Petrol shortage  



By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

A group of joint opposition MPs led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa travelled to Parliament on bicycles yesterday saying they were unable to obtain petrol for their vehicles. 

Among the others who travelled on bicycles were MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunawadene, Johnston Fernando and Ramesh Pathirana for the presenting of the 2018 Budget. 

JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardene said a group of MPs came on bicycles because there was no petrol and claimed that the MPs were stopped by the police as they entered the parliamentary premises. 

“The MPs have a right to arrive at the Parliament and get back without being disturbed. It is a privilege enjoyed by MPs. We urge that action be taken against the police,” he said.   

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he was told about it and would look into the matter.   

“I believe that MPs should be allowed to Parliament and leave at any time they wished. I also believe that no one should prevent them from doing so,” the Speaker said.   

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Speaker should look into the matter. “These MPs came on cycles to protest against the tax imposed on super luxury vehicles,” he said.   

The House turned noisy at this point when some MPs began to heckle each other.




“You came here on bicycles but now your security has to ride them out while you go by vehicle”