There’s no meaning strengthening parliamentary system if MPs  hit each other – PM

Instead of debating


By Saman Indrajith

Political parties have a responsibility on the conduct of their MPs and those parties should take disciplinary action against the parliamentarians who behave in a violent and irresponsible manner, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Participating in the committee stage debate on the budget proposals under the expenditure heads of Ministries of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Petroleum Resources Development and Power and Renewable Energy, the Prime Minister said that there was no meaning of strengthening the parliamentary system if MPs hit each other in Parliament instead of debating.

"An MP comes here and participates in a debate on a policy decision within the party and not to settle their scores. A person known to me called this morning and said that the members of the previous government had attacked Muslims outside parliament when they had power and today they are in the opposition and attacking Muslims inside parliament", the premier said.

It is wrong for Mps to attackothers irrespective of the parties they belonged to," he said.

UPFA Ratnapura District MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that it was wrong to attack anyone. "I too had been assaulted in this parliament once. It was the UNP MPs in the government who assaulted me then."

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe: "He tried to run away with the mace. Anyway, all I have to say is that we have nothing against the Suhada Koka (friendly crane) today".

The Prime Minister said that it was wrong for parties not taking responsibility of their MPs violent behavior. "We are proposing that Presidential powers be shifted to Parliament and more responsibilities be given to MPs. Then this parliament should not be a place of violence. The MPs should act more responsibly. The parties cannot escape from their responsibility by shifting it to parliament alone. They too should take action against such MPs," he said.

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