Job well done
A group of Muslims ministers and MPs held a press
briefing in the Parliamentary complex on Friday to give details
of the relief work being carried out by the Government to assist
the refugees in Kantale. Watching them closely throughout the proceedings
was President Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist and MP Dallas Allahapperuma.
After the press conference concluded, he was seen
shaking hands with the Muslim politicos congratulating them for
a job well done.
Petty name calling
Parliament had to be suspended for more than two
hours on Friday after Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera
made a reference to JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe in an unflattering
manner. The JVP MPs present in the Chambers pounced on Mr. Perera
as soon as he had spoken the words and there was an exchange of
even more abusive words between him and the JVP MPs. The Speaker,
unable to bring things under control suspended sittings for ten
minutes but it took two hours to resolve the issue.
When the House resumed, Mr. Perera expressed his
regrets if he had actually made such a remark and things were back
to normal. The end result was the important debate on the emergency
regulations having to go well past 6.30 p.m. All due to some petty
Target in House as well
The rivalry between MPs of the Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) and the lone EPDP leader Minister Douglas Devananda
is not always confined to the exchange of harsh words. On Friday,
TNA Jaffna district MP S. Gajendran who was on his feet during the
emergency debate got into an argument with Mr. Devananda.
Not satisfied with hurling abuse at the minister,
Mr. Gajendran took a thick book and hurled it towards Mr. Devananda.
Luckily he missed the target and the book only hit the front of
Mr. Devananda’s table.
Very soon they might have to begin sheltering
the EPDP member even when he is in the Chambers.
Another post mortem
Controversy rages over the killing of 17 workers
belonging to the French INGO Action Against Hunger. An inquest into
their killings was held in Trincomalee this week.
However, political circles are buzzing about a
move by a politico to lobby the Police to hold another post mortem
inquiry in Colombo. Police top brass have refused to back his move
on the grounds that it would amount to interference in the legal