Dec 05, Colombo: Colombo District parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided not to attend the parliamentary session scheduled for today as well.
The parliament is scheduled to convene at 10:30 a.m. today. A party leaders' meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the parliamentary complex to discuss the agenda for today.
Speaking at a press conference in Colombo yesterday, MP Gunawardena said the UPFA group of MPs decided to boycott the sessions since the parliament is not meeting according to tradition although they have requested the Speaker to do so.
He said the Speaker has decided to convene the Parliament according to his agenda and the parliament sessions held violating the constitution and the standing orders are not valid.
Meanwhile the majority party, United National Party (UNP) is ready to present an adjournment motion today, according to reports.
The public gallery and Speaker's special guest gallery are not open today and only journalists have access to it. There is no change in seating arrangements for the MPs, reports say.