Weeks ago, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkoddy was in the chair at a party leaders' meeting that discussed Parliamentary business in the days ahead. A heated debate ensued when Karu Jayasuriya, co-deputy leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), announced he would move a Private Member's Bill on Freedom of Information.
In view of the diminished contribution of agriculture to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that was discussed last week, is there a significant role for agriculture? Does agriculture have a significant contribution to make to the Sri Lankan economy now that its relative importance in GDP has declined?
The ruling party which seemed invincible since the military defeat of the LTTE now appears to be blundering into one thing after another, not realizing that the “war victory bubble” would burst sooner than later. The government’s actions in Parliament last week were a classic example of how it is mishandling matters, which can only work against its own interests.
In a perfect world, it would be delightful to form part of a collective onslaught on this government, indisputably the most illiberal and quite shamelessly undemocratic political administration that we have been unfortunate enough to witness in recent decades. This is not a statement that is made lightly in the sense of the deliberately pejorative terms employed.
National List ruling party MP A.H.M. Azwer's comment in Parliament last Tuesday that the family of Prabhakaran is being looked after by the President was picked up by many foreign news agencies and web sites.
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