It is reported that a serious crisis arose due to the lack of quorum in the Parliament session after the break of the session held today (09).
At that time, Minister of State for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was ready to present facts to the Assembly on the Betting and Gambling Tax Act, but as there was no full body, it was seen that he was continuously ringing the bell and trying to summon the ministers.
At least 20 of the 225 members of parliament did not stay in the chamber of the parliament when the session started and several members were seen entering the chamber after the bell rang for a long time. At that time, the parliamentary workers were also seen trying to direct the MPs who were staying in the canteen and the parliamentary lobby to the assembly.
A senior minister told our website that it is a very sad situation that something like this has happened at a time when there is strong criticism in the society that MPs who are elected by the people’s universal suffrage act in this way despite their responsibilities.
He further said that people’s representatives should know their responsibilities and this incident shows the irresponsibility of the government as well as opposition members.