Ketagoda won’t step down for Fonseka


By Saman Indrajith

DNA Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda said in Parliament on Wednesday (March 4) that his appointment as an MP was legal and it was not a position he had grabbed from someone else.

Raising a privilege issue, MP Ketagoda said he had been appointed to the post of MP through a special gazette notification dated Feb. 7, 2011 and he had been duly sworn in. No one could come to the Chamber and sit on a seat allocated to a member in violation of the provisions of the Constitution.

"I am representing the Seventh Parliament. I have also represented Fourth and Fifth parliaments as an experienced MP. Today, there is a situation created by some persons disturbing my peace of mind and obstructing me from serving the public. These persons conduct rallies, meetings and put up posters and banners against me. They disturb and insult my wife and even our little children.

"These people go all around the country alleging me of holding on to an MP’s position which I do not deserve and grabbed from someone else, but this august assembly knows that I am holding a position which is legal and legitimate.

"I believe that mudslinging against me and my position amounts to a breach of my privilege as a member of parliament. I, therefore, request the Speaker to take necessary action to provide me security and environment conducive to render my duties as a Member of Parliament."

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