Clash between State Minister and two SJB MPs on Oct 20: All three suspended for one month



State Minister Diana Gamage

Parliament yesterday announced that State Minister Diana Gamage (SJB) and Parliamentarians Sujith Sanjaya Perera and Rohana Bandara of the same party had been suspended for one month following an internal inquiry into their recent unruly behaviour.

The decision was taken as per the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges.

During the parliamentary session on October 20, Gamage accused MP Sujith Sanjaya Perera of assaulting her outside the Chamber and called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter. Her complaint prompted the temporary adjournment of the session by Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapakse.

After the session resumed, Chief Opposition Whip SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella said the SJB MPs showed video footage of Gamage using foul language at an Opposition lawmaker to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

MP Sujith Perera said that he intervened after seeing Gamage embroiled in a heated argument with his fellow MP Rohana Bandara.The SJB parliamentarian said he only acted in self-defence. MP Perera also urged the Deputy Speaker to conduct an impartial investigation into the matter. MP Rohana Bandara has accused the State Minister of following him and verbally abusing him near the elevator.

Following the conclusion of the parliamentary session, the three parliamentarians were once again involved in a heated argument, which was captured by MP Perera on his mobile phone and later went viral on social media.