MP General Sarath Fonseka was not allowed to attend Parliament sittings today and was instead forced to attend the Court Martial hearing resulting in the opposition and a government MP urging the Speaker to ensure that the right of MPs are protected.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Member of Parliament (MP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka told the Speaker of the House Chamal Rajapaksa that Fonseka’s rights as an MP had been violated as he had been prevented from attending Parliament today.
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe too cited reasons to support this request. Meanwhile, DNF leader Wimal Weerawansa casting aside party differences, also stated that the Parliamentary privileges should be safeguarded.
Also speaking here Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa noted that while Fonseka had different political views, as an MP he had rights like other Parliamentarians and as such his rights should be protected.
Anura Kumara Dissanayaka later said that Fonseka had launched a fast to protest him being prevented from attending Parliament.