-Dinesh who defied speaker 9 times suspended for 7 days – full report
(Lanka-e-News -09.March.2017, 11.55PM) UPFA M.P. Dinesh Gunawardena who behaved most rudely and violently like a rowdy in parliament despite being a senior member , grabbed the speaker’s microphone by force utterly disregarding the speaker and the latter’s nine requests to Dinesh to conduct himself civilly and in a civilized manner , was suspended from parliament on a majority vote on the 8th . He was suspended from parliamentary sittings for 7 days , and was evicted from the parliament well.
This ugly disgraceful incident was the result of the uncalled for rude and rowdy conduct of the group of UPFA members over Weerawansa turning ‘independent’ in parliament , and because their phony drama that was staged ended as a fiasco.
Weerawansa who is facing grave charges of fraud involving many million rupees of state funds , and is therefore in remand custody currently , in order to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings requested the speaker to accept his party as independent , which in fact was a ploy to grab more time in parliament to make his speech. Grade 9 (dis)qualified Weeerawansa while he could participate in the party leaders’ meeting as a party leader , began raising questions today under the standing order 23/2, in breach of his parliamentary privileges several times.
It is to be noted that Weerawansas contested elections under the betel leaf symbol of the UPFA , and not under any other party . Based on parliamentary traditions and rules , the parties that are elected to parliament on one election symbol are considered as constituents of that single party , and the various constituent parties under one symbol are not reckoned as separate parties.
Accordingly , Weerawansa is a UPFA M.P, and its leader is Maithripala Sirisena while the secretary of the party is Mahinda Amaraweera.The latter said , if Weerawansa wishes to be an independent member , he must make a written request to him (Amaraweera) as he is the secretary. Because the UPFA secretary was vested with the powers to dismiss Weerawansa from his parliamentary post , Weerawansa the moron exerted pressure on the speaker to refrain from such an action being taken.
If Amaraweera takes that action , he can inform the elections commissioner that Weerawansa has decided to resign the party , and thereafter expel Weerawansa from his M.P. post , in which case Amaraweera can nominate the Colombo district UPFA candidate who has polled the next highest preferential votes at the last elections as the choice in Weerawansa’s place according to law.
Weerawansa therefore staged only a bogus ‘independent member drama’ before the speaker .
The speaker delivered his decision on this issue in parliament .The speaker who went on to explain at length quoted decisions given by speakers in the past in similar instances.After citing those as examples , speaker Karu Jayasuriya said , if various M.P.s individually on different occasions behave in this manner to sabotage the parliamentary sessions as a whole that could give rise to opportunities for them to act in breach of parliamentary privileges . Hence he cannot permit this , he asserted. .However if any M.P. wishes, he could say he is independent and be on the backbench without enjoying the special privileges, the speaker pinpointed.
In the past , Muslim Congress leader Rauf Hakeem too similarly jointly with several other parties which were led by his own party entered parliament . Thereafter when he wanted to accept his party as an independent group , it was not accepted.
During that time Dinesh Gunawardena was the chief whip of the government .Ajith Perera who was a JVP M.P. became independent and that was accepted by the speaker whoever was at that time. But, he was not entitled as a Peratugami M.P. to the special privileges attaching to a parliamentary party leader.
Dinesh Gunawardena and Wimal Weerawansa who did not accept the decision duly delivered by the speaker behaved like hooligans scolding and insulting the speaker .What was most surprising in this play acting was the attempt made by the UPFA to defend the M.P. who was trying to become independent leaving their party.
Usually, it is resentment that is expressed against an M.P. who is leaving the party .
Hence the dastardly aim of the UPFA became clearly manifest by this conduct . The hidden objective was to obstruct and disrupt the parliamentary proceedings. An M.P. revealed to Lanka e news ,Weerawansa addressed the speaker most insolently and called him a eunuch.
Though the speaker adjourned parliament for 10 mins. The behavior of Dinesh Gunawardena the M.P. who is suffering from senile decay did not improve. This was natural because he was incorrigible due to his age , and he has outlived his utility on earth now.
After Dinesh was warned 9 times to behave better as a senior M.P. and give due respect to parliament, under parliamentary privileges 74/1 , he was suspended from participating in today’s sessions . Dinesh thereupon defying the restraint order continued to remain within parliament forcibly. The UPFA hoodlums then surrounded him and turned the August assembly into a bedlam .
The speaker’s directive was , if the M.P. does not abide by the speakers initial order , the police would be summoned by the sergeant at arms as a next step , and the unruly M.P. shall be carried physically and put out of parliament .It is noteworthy the well of the parliament is not considered as parliamentary precincts , but rather the first entrance door of the parliament facing the main Road near Diyawanna lake .
On a previous occasion , when a police officer appeared to evict an M.P. because the latter’s face got scraped against the number badge on the uniform of the officer, the metallic badges with the number and the buckle were removed from the uniforms of the police officers summoned , this time.
The UPFA party that opposed this called these police officers as underworld teams.
No matter what , the police are at a disadvantage in situations like these. They cannot use force .Even if the M.P.s assault the police , they cannot retaliate.
Nevertheless a true civilized politico will conduct himself /herself most decently while maintaining his /her dignity and that of the parliament . They will not conduct themselves like Choppe , a Maradana goon .Unfortunately Dinesh and his violent group of notorious UPFA crooks that surrounded him behaved worse than Choppe and his clan of rowdies.
When a directive is issued by a speaker under parliamentary privileges 74 /1 , until that M.P. is evicted , based on parliamentary traditions , the speaker who leaves his chair after making the order does not return to the chair until his directive is carried out . Therefore the speaker was not occupying the seat.
Finally , when the sergeant at arms informed the speaker he is unable to carry out the task , the leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella , under standing order 72 , a resolution was tabled to suspend hooligan M.P. Dinesh Gunawardena from attending Parliament for 7 days .
By that time the UPFA group has sent even vehicles to fetch their companions . But they could get down only 22 of them .
The voting to suspend Dinesh for 7 days ended in the following manner…
85 voted for
22 voted against
Absent – 114
03 abstained from voting
Anura Dissanayake ‘s moribund JVP which during the 2015 January elections without fielding its own candidate took the villainous stance that ‘Rajapakses should be defeated , but it does not mean , the common candidate should be made to win’ , alone abstained from voting in this instance , whereby it is crystal clear the JVP of Anura Dissanayake is even now playing deceitful and dubious games by saying , they are against the rogues , while at the same time holding hands with the forces that are friends of the ace rogues .The odious stance taken by the double faced JVP today (08) with regard to Weerawansa ‘s pavement stage show is therefore not a matter for surprise.
In the end , Dinesh Gunawardena who has outlived his utility on earth long ago, had to bite the dust most humiliatingly . He had to leave parliament like a Boralugoda dog leaves the pavement after defecating on it. In any case , many political analysts took offence at the decision taken by the speaker against Dinesh alone without also joining goofy goon Weerawansa with him and suspending the latter too for 7 days.
What happened in British parliament on which ours is modeled -Exemplary behavior worthy of emulation by our unworthy hoodlums turning SL parliament into a bedlam ….
Before we conclude this article on today’s ugly disgraceful incident in which the UPFA hoodlums made the parliament of SL , a bedlam , may we recall an incident that happened in the British parliament after which our own parliament is modeled. There, the opposition leader was making a speech relating to the budget . It was the deputy speaker (there are three deputy speakers in that parliament) who was in the speaker’s chair at that time. A powerful M.P. who was close to the speaker yawned and looked sleepy . Whether this was to insult the speech of the opposition leader or he was actually sleepy is unknown.
No matter what , the deputy speaker who was enraged at this attitude of the M.P. severely reprimanded the M.P. The speaker ordered the M.P. to listen to the important speech of the opposition leader , or if he is sleepy to go out , have a cup of coffee rid himself of the sleepiness and come back. The M.P. felt ashamed and like a mouse remained silent . It is significant to note nobody surrounded the sleepy M.P. of the British parliament and scream at the deputy speaker who was seated , that he is a eunuch, or challenge the speaker.
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Hi Mr.Dinesh you have insulted your voters by associating moroons like Vimal
-- by iqbal on 2017-03-10
This pompous ass, Dinesh, is a disgrace to his late father Philip. Go f... yourself without behaving like a thug.
-- by mike on 2017-03-10