Colombo Telegraph

Snubbed UPFA Party Leaders Tell Speaker To Restore Lost Privileges

Several affiliated party leaders within the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) fold has appealed to the speaker to restore their lost privileges and some other traditions which are currently being curtailed by the new parliament.

Parliament recently decided not to recognise Udaya Gammanpila, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunewardena and Chandrasiri Gajadeera as leaders of their respective parties but as members of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Speaking on the fact that being a part of the UPFA would deprive them of the privileges enjoyed by Party Leaders. Wimal Weerwansa MP said the decision was not in keeping with parliamentary tradition.

Weerwansa said that his group expects a positive reply from the Speaker to their requests.

The letter signed by the above 5 leaders have four main points. They are;

1. Restoring privileges and status entitled to all party leaders irrespective of the fact whether they are represented within a larger coalition.

2. Nominating party leaders to all select committees within parliament.

3. As per the 19th amendment when nominating members to the Constitutional Council giving due recognition to provisions in the constitution referring to “other parties” and also nominating members in concurrence with the promises made to the parliament by the Prime Minister.

4. Protecting the rights and privileges of all UPFA parliament members both as a group and as individual members while respecting the decisions taken by some to remain as independent members within the house.

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