Parliament meets only for a few minutes

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  • Adjourned till Nov.23


By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana

Yesterday’s parliamentary sessions lasted only for a few minutes with Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, who was in the Chair, adjourning Parliament till November 23.   


He adjourned the sessions after requesting the political parties to submit the names of their representatives for the Business Committee.   

“The party leaders yesterday decided to appoint the Business Committee. I request the parties to send in their names,” the Deputy Speaker said.  

House Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said the ruling party should have the majority representation. “We request that the government be given a majority representation as it is a legitimate government. Party leaders agreeing to appoint a committee of selection to take charge of the House business is an act accepted by party leaders that there is a legitimate government. Therefore we want a majority representation,” he said.   

Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the composition of the committee of selection should be based on the number of seats represented by the parties in the House. There is no meaning in giving  majority representation to a ruling party as there is no government in the country at the moment,” he said.   

Deputy Speaker in his response said he would inform the Speaker about the sentiments expressed by both parties.