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SJB fails to disrupt Parliament sittings

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) could not draw the support of at least the Opposition parties including the TNA and the JVP to stage a protest against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

The SJB attempted to disrupt the sittings of the second stage debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution yesterday by staging a protest against the amendment. Sajith Premadasa led a motorcade of SJB MPs to the Parliamentary premises and walked to the Chamber wearing facemasks printed with the words ‘Vinashakari Vissa Epa’ (No to destructive 20).

The protestors too wore armlets with a logo against the 20th Amendment. Parliament sittings commenced at 10 a.m. as scheduled and the session proceeded. However, the Opposition Leader attempted to raise the same COVID 19 issue again in the House yesterday despite the same question been answered on Tuesday in Parliament.

Although the Health Minister answered the question he kept on asking the same question over and over again until Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that he was asking the same question for a third time.

The Speaker also told him the opportunity was given to him respecting the position of the Opposition Leader and it was his responsibility to protect the dignity of the position.

The second stage debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was moved by Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC. However, his speech too was interrupted by SJB MPs including Opposition Leader by raising Point of Orders which the Speaker observed were not Point of Orders.