UNP demands action against JRP Sooriyapperuma for predicting Obama’s killing



By Shamindra Ferdinando

The UNP has asked Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to advice the UPFA parliamentary group to behave after newcomer National List MP J.R. P. Sooriyapperuma predicted in Parliament that US President Barak Obama would be killed in a year.

A UNP delegation met Speaker Rajapaksa in his chambers to discuss the issue last Saturday. Expressing concern over the National List MP’s attack on the US President, the UNP requested Speaker Rajapaksa to put an end to such nonsense.

Wijedasa Rajapakshe, MP, told The Island that the UPFA should be ashamed of the conduct of its members. He pointed out the absurdity in advising MP Mervyn Silva to conduct himself, while many other members embarrass the country. MP Rajapakshe said that nothing could be as bad as declaring the President of the United States would be killed. "This is nothing but an insult to the American people on the eve of their Independence Day. We should be ashamed of Sooriyapperuma’s conduct," he said.

Rajapakshe pointed out that the UPFA General Secretary, Petroleum Minister Susil Premjayantha, who represented the government at the US Independence Day celebrations at Jefferson House last Friday, should have apologized on behalf of the government.

Referring to recent warnings given by Speaker Rajapaksa to MP Mervyn Silva for causing disturbances in the House, MP Rajapkshe said that Sooriyapperuma should have been pulled up for what he said.

The Colombo District MP went onto criticize the government for allowing the likes of National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa to threaten the UN mission in Colombo. Had Weerawansa really loved the country, he would not have urged people to surround the UN offices over an alleged move to initiate a war crimes investigation, Rajapakshe told The Island.

"Minister Weerawansa is seeking political gain over a contentious issue, which can cause serious problems for the country unless the government handled it carefully," Rajapakshe said. He urged the government to prevent its Ministers and MPs from antagonizing the international community.

Rajapakshe said that a recent proposal by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to post parliamentary proceedings on the internet should be carefully studied. He pointed out that MP Sooriyapperuma predicted US President’s killing a few hours after Speaker Rajapaksa urged members to guard their tongue. The Speaker pointed out that they should be mindful of the fact that there were students in the public gallery.

Rajapakshe said that the country could not afford to be on a collision course with the international community. He also criticized the government for failing to address human rights issues, thereby causing UN intervention in a post-LTTE era and the government’s failure to take remedial measures may result in an unprecedented dispute with the global body.


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