Parliamentarian of the Joint Opposition Dullas Alahapperuma today declared that for the sake of the people’s rights, their group must be recognized as Independent MPs, and must not be discriminated by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
The statement was made after a group of MPs staged a protest within parliament, demanding that they be recognized as an independent group. The group consists of Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists. However the speaker reportedly noted that this is an issue which the UPFA has to address and thus this matter should be resolved within the party, and not through parliament.
Allahapperuma also complained that despite their continuously requests for many months, the speaker has refused to recognize them as an independent group in Parliament.