Contradicting their own position over the Speaker, nine UPFA MPs wrote to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asking him to refrain from publishing the Hansard reports on the no-confidence motion on Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa and the parliamentary vote on the composition of the Committee of Selections.
In a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, a group of nine UPFA MPs led by Dinesh Gunawardena, requested to refrain from publishing Hansard records from November 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23 parliamentary sessions, which validate the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa and the electronic vote on the committee which solidified the parliamentary majority of the Rajapaksa group.
They made the request on the grounds that the parliamentary sessions on the given dates were not carried out according to parliamentary traditions and standing orders. As a result, they added, the UPFA would not accept the legitimacy of the parliamentary sessions.
The letter, however, came soon after the UPFA declared that they would boycott the parliamentary sessions citing their refusal to accept Karu Jayasuriya as the legitimate Speaker of Parliament due to the latter’s “partial behaviour”. The request was made to the same Speaker whose legitimacy they refused to recognize.
“We will not accept Karu Jayasuriya as the Speaker if he does not accept Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister of the country and the UPFA as the ruling party. We will boycott parliamentary sessions until the Speaker recognizes us as the ruling party in Parliament,” Dinesh Gunawardena, the self-appointed Leader of the House of the UPFA, said addressing a press conference in Parliament earlier today.
Addressing the same press conference, MP Nimal Siripala de Silva said it was “absurd” that the Parliament was meeting without a ruling party. “Only the opposition is represented in Parliament and the Speaker is acting like a member of the opposition. That’s why we decided to boycott parliamentary sessions.”
Responding to the UPFA’s allegations, a UNP Parliamentarian said the UPFA was the only “ruling party” in world history to boycott parliament. “Nowhere in the world has a ‘ruling party’ boycotted Parliament. Such methods of protest have always been used by opposition parties. But then again no other Prime Minister in the world has continued to hold office illegally, after losing two consecutive no-confidence motions in Parliament. “