A parliamentary debate on the 9th of May on increased electricity tariffs.

Thursday, 25 April 2013 - 8:23


Parliament was adjourned until May 7th after a tense situation erupted yesterday as well over the increase of the electricity tariffs.


Deputy Chairman of Committees earlier decided to adjourn the house for five minutes after the UNP MPs walked into the chambers with lit candle sticks in hand and started protesting.


Meanwhile UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera showing a press release issued by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka questioned about the content in the press release.


Media reports stated that the statement made by Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi in parliament had hinted the electricity tariff hike was proposed by Minister Ranawaka during his tenure as the subject minister.


Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakody said that since MP’s statement is against the standing orders permission cannot be granted to continue the speech.


Subsequently UNP MP Sajith Premadasa had this to say....




Meanwhile when chief opposition whip MP John Amarathunga spoke about a decision which was taken at the party leaders meeting, a hated situation arose in Parliament.