The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today demanded that Parliament be dissolved soon saying it has no right to continue under the current circumstances.
JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that Parliament does not have a opposition leader and without an opposition leader Parliament cannot continue.
He urged all Parliamentarians to push for Parliament to be dissolved instead of it continuing any further.
Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakody then reminded the JVP leader that Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa had informed Parliament that Nimal Siripala de Silva was the opposition leader.
Weerakody said that the General Secretary of the main opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Susil Premajayantha had informed the Speaker that they recognize Nimal Siripala de Silva as the opposition leader.
Dissanayake however disputed the position taken by the Speaker for which the Deputy Speaker responded by saying that no one can challenge the ruling of the Speaker in Parliament.
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella later told Parliament that the position of the ruling United National Party (UNP) is also that Parliament must be dissolved. (Colombo Gazette)