Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who got into a heated argument with some UPFA rebel group members in parliament yesterday called them “Pimps”, “Gypsies”, “Donkeys” “Beggars” and “Monkeys”.
Ranil’s antics were shown live on TV as the “House” had decided to telecast its sittings live from yesterday onwards. The move facilitated viewers with terrific entertainment.
Ranil ran “amok” in the house after being heckled by the UPFA rebel group members.
The “War of Words” between Ranil and the UPFA rebel group started when MP Dinesh Gunawardena stood up to make a special statement on the recent Central Bank employee transfers, without seeking prior approval.
Gunewardena urged the government to immediately revoke the transfers made recently at the CB noting that the government was targeting CB employees who raised their voice against the recent bond scam.
However, the government members opposed Gunewardena making a special statement as he had not sought prior approval, according to parliament traditions.
The UPFA rebel group meanwhile said that Gunewardena could make the statement if a minimum of 20 MP’s supported the move, according to existing norms.
Ranil was clearly irked by the move of the UPFA rebels and shot back calling them the above names and asking Gunewardena to repeatedly sit down.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had no control of the proceeding and had to adjourn the parliament for ten minutes.
Meanwhile Gunewardena continuing his assertion later stated that the crisis in the Central Bank was due to the behaviour of the CB Governor.
The MEP leader said that the reputation and credibility of the Central Bank was at a grave risk due to the Governor’s arbitrary decisions.
Ranil yesterday especially was irked by the behavior of Wimal Weerawansa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara in addition to Gunewardena.
Ranil and Vasudeva locked horns at a recent debate in parliament as well with Vasu who went overboard with anger calling Ranil a `pakaya`.
Later Ranil hit back at Nanayakkara calling him a ‘dried pumpkin’ who had lost the prime of his life.
“He is a dried pumpkin. This is how defeated people behave,” the Prime Minister said when referring to . Nanayakkara’s use of language and his theatrics in parliament.
Meanwhile with the affairs of the “House” going live on TV, the viewership had gone up sharply after the word got out about the heated arguments yesterday, a media research organization said.
According to them with such entertainment at hand, the live telecast of parliamentary affairs might be one of the most sought after programmes on TV in the future.