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Not Govt. but opposition that deprived me of committee Chair – Champika

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Leader of the Eksath Janaraja Peramuna’, MP Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday lashed out at Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, noting that he was wasting time in Parliament and also denying time for some Opposition MP’s to speak in  parliament.

Ranawaka said he was given only four or five minutes per week to speak in Parliament and he had protested about this to Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella MP.

Ranawaka said Kiriella told him after a query that his speech during the debate on the President’s recent policy statement in Parliament had been taken off on the orders of the Opposition Leader as he had not walked out during the President’s speech.

The MP speaking at an event in Bandaragama said he was independent in parliament and had no affiliations to the main opposition.

Ranawaka stressed he was not a follower but a trend setter and he was not ready to follow when some leaders stage walk outs.

“As Ranasinghe Premadasa said we are also well seasoned people” he added.

He also charged that opposition was also behind him not being named as the chair of the Ways and Means committee again.

(dailynews.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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