Opposition raises questions in parliament over Standing Order 23.2

Opposition raises questions in parliament over Standing Order 23.2

Opposition raises questions in parliament over Standing Order 23.2

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Feb, 2016 | 9:35 pm

Dinesh Gunwardena, the Deputy Chairman of the UPFA was granted the opportunity to raise questions under Standing Order 23.2, after making UPFA Parliamentary Group Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva aware of the matter.

The Opposition Group of the United People’s Alliance had continuously made requests to the Speaker to provide this opportunity, and it was granted, following the party leaders meeting that took place on Friday.

UPFA MP, Dinesh Gunawardena, thanking the speaker, went on to note that accepting that there needs to be opposing views, and respecting those views in a democratic parliament ,can be witnessed as a victory for parliamentary democracy.

“We did not engage in any act which attempts to demolish or disturb the proceedings of parliament”, he said

Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya noted that issues such as this can be resolved through discussion, without disheartening anyone, and without ‘insulting dead relatives’.

“I hope that we could work together in the future”, stated the speaker, noting that insulting dead relatives is not a good tradition and such incidents should be avoided in the parliament in the future.

The speaker stated that ministers and deputy ministers are requested to be present in the parliament in order to answer the questions of the MPs – and the standing orders of the parliament are to be changed.

The speaker mentioned today that Ministers and deputy ministers are requested to be present in the parliament in order to answer the questions of the MP’s and the standing orders of the parliament are to be changed.

The Speaker noted that the subject minster has said that he will respond to the questions on Tuesday but did not come because he is attending the Democratic Union meeting.

“He said that he will respond to both the questions” said the speaker and further added that the absence of the minister to provide answers to the questions raised was discussed at the party leaders meeting and the Prime Minister has also drawn his attending towards this.

“We will change the standing orders” charged the speaker further noting that there is hopes of bringing regulations where the Minister or the Subject Minister must be present in Parliament to respond to the questions

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