Many UNP MPs claimed that UPFA Parliamentarian Gamini Lokuge started the fistfight in Parliament, this morning.
Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said it was Lokuge who started the fight by attacking S.M Marikkar in the isle of the House.
It was confirmed by Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva who said he saw how Lokuge started the fight.
UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardena was hospitalised as he fainted during a heated argument with the Joint Opposition MPs.
UPFA MP Ranjith Zoysa too sustained minor injuries.
Violence erupts in Sri Lankan Parliament over bond sale scandal
A Pandemonium reigned in Parliament as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe concluded his speech on the Presidential Commission on the bond issue.
Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva said an opposition members threw an object at the Prime Minister while the latter was delivering his speech.
De Silva accused Opposition MP Gamini Lokuge of starting the fight. “I am told never in history had there been a brawl in @SriLanka Chamber like the one just now,” he tweeted.
Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said Lokuge hit Marikkar and that was how “everything started”.
“As a young Parliamentarian, I am ashamed of the behavior of our MPs,” she said.
As the situation turned worse after the conclusion of the speech, the Speaker concluded the Parliamentary sessions for 10 minutes.
However, after Parliament was concluded, a fistfight was also reported. Many MPs were seen rushing to the well of the House.
Kavinda Jayawardena Taken For Medical Treatment After Brawl In House: JO MPs Throw Books and Documents At PM
Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena has been taken for medical treatment following a brawl in Parliament, a short while ago.
Sources within the House confirmed that the UNP MP was taken to the medical centre in Parliament by his fellow MPs.
There had been a heated argument between him and some Joint Opposition MPs who threw books and documents at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while the latter was delivering a statement in the House.
MP Sirisena Jayakody was seen among those who got involved in a fight with Jayawardena.