Member of parliament and veteran left-wing politician Vasudeva Nanayakkara says the use of foul language by him in parliament last week was unintentional.
Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service, Nanayakkara said that the word had come out during a heated exchange between him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Nanayakkara had called Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a “pakaya” during the heated exchange of words in Parliament.
This was after the Prime Minister attempted to prevent Nanayakkara from raising a point of order during Parliament proceedings.
“Do you think you can make me sit down? Pakaya,” Nanayakkara had said.
Nanayakkara told the BBC Sinhala service that he had only reacted to the actions of the Prime Minister.
Asked by the BBC Sinhala service if no one made a request from the Speaker for the word to be removed from the hansard, Nanayakkara said no such request was made. (Colombo Gazette)