House approves Committee of Selection

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Government MPs walked out of Parliament yesterday in protest against the composition of the Committee of Selection while raising questions on the number of representatives allocated to each party.   

 

  • 121 MPs vote in favour of the committee composition
  •  Comprises five each from UPFA and UNP, 1 each from TNA, JVP and one from TNA and JVP 
  • Govt. MPs walk out of the Chamber in protest 
  • Anura Kumara Dissanayake calls for a vote

 

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

Parliament yesterday approved the appointment of the new Committee of Selection by a vote with 121 members voting in favour of the committee appointed by Speaker while no one voting against it.   

The UPFA MPs left the Chambers in a boycott. Minister Wimal Weerawansa announced the government decision to boycott the House. “We will not accept this Parliament and we also do not accept you as the Speaker,” he told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.   


Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake proposed a vote by name but the Speaker decided on electronic voting.  All members present in the House voted in favour of the committee.   


Before the voting was called, Speaker Jayasuriya announced that he had appointed a committee of selection as per the powers vested in him under Standing Orders 136 and 143.   


He said he had thus appointed House Leader Dinesh Gunawardene, SB Dissanayake, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Wimal Weerawansa from the UPFA to the Committee of Selections.   


The members appointed from the UNF were Lakshman Kiriella, Rauff Hakeem, Rishard Bathiudeen, Mano Ganesan and Patali Champika Ranawaka and from the TNA it was Mavai Senathirajah and Vijitha Herath from the JVP.   
“I appointed these members to the Committee of Selection under the powers vested in me under SOs 136 and 143 because there was no consensus at the party leader’s meeting on the composition of the committee.   
However, the government rejected these appointments stating that it was against SOs and parliamentary tradition. Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardene said the government which is in power should get the majority in the committee as under SOs and parliamentary tradition.   


“The tradition has been to give the government in power to have a majority in the Committee of Selection. This has been practiced when it comes to appointing a committee of selection under all governments in the past,” he said. “It is wrong to say that a no confidence motion has been passed against the incumbent government as the said motion was not passed in a proper manner. You are carrying out a UNP agenda and trying to trample the executive.”    
UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella who responded said the composition of the committee should be in accordance with the number of seats held by each party as there is no government at the moment. 

 

 

I appointed these members to the Committee of Selection under the powers  vested in me under SOs 136 and 143 because there was no consensus at the  party leader’s meeting on the composition of the committee   

 


Govt. to boycott Parliament 

over Speaker’s actions 

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  • Dinesh says Speaker will be able to act illegally only till the SC verdict on Dec. 7
  • UPFA won’t accept Karu as Speaker
  • UPFA won’t accept Karu as Speaker

 

By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

House Leader and Minister, Dinesh Gunawardane said yesterday they had decided to boycott parliamentary sessions until Speaker Karu Jayasuriya acted according to the Constitution, Standing Orders and parliamentary tradition.   

 

He told a news conference held at the parliament complex that they would take a decision on attending parliament sessions after considering the order paper for the next day.   
“We walked out of Chambers yesterday in protest of the Speaker’s actions,” Mr. Gunawardena said.   


He said even minority governments had been given a majority in the Committee of Selection  in the past and neither had a vote been taken on such a committee in parliamentary tradition.  “The vote was taken on a request made by Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Lakshman Kiriella,” Mr. Gunawardena said.   

 

  • No such vote has been taken in the past


He said the Speaker would be able to act illegally only till the Supreme Court gave its verdict on December 7.   


He said the Speaker was convening parliament disregarding the Parliament calendar and without printing the order paper given by the government.    

 

The Speaker will be able to act illegally only till the Supreme Court gives its verdict on December 7     

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