The leader of the Joint Opposition in Parliament and the MEP, Dinesh Gunawardena, lashed out at the Leader of the Opposition, R Sampanthan, after the latter commended MP Karunanayake. “That was a shameless speech!” MP Gunawardana shouted at the leader of the Opposition as the latter was taking his seat after making a statement.
MP Sampanthan praised MP Ravi Karunanayake for resigning from his Ministerial post adding that it was a fundamental right of a person accused of a crime to be presumed innocent till proven guilty.
Soon after MP Gunawardana’s critical remarks, the government MPs were on their feet in protest, shouting at MP Gunawardana.
UNP MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, raising a Point of Order charged that MP Gunawardena had threatened the Opposition leader.