The Joint Opposition has complained of step motherly treatment to the Inter Parliamentary Union based in Geneva. The key members of the Joint Opposition have signed the letter making accusations of denial of equal opportunities etc.
Dinesh Gunawardena representing the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party, Dullas Alahapperuma, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Bandula Gunawardena and Gamini Lokuge representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Wimal Weerawansa as the leader of the National Freedom Front, Udaya Gammanpila as the leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and Vasudeva Nanayakkara of the Democratic Left Front are the parliamentarians who have signed the letter.
The letter states: “Among the issues that we consider appropriate to take up for discussion with you are the denial of opportunity for leaders of political parties to express their points of view without impediment on the floor of Parliament, grave anomalies in respect of the composition of crucial parliamentary committees including the Parliamentary Business Committee, the Committee on Public Enterprises and the Public Accounts Committee and a series of decisions by the Speaker in violation of previous rulings and seriously detrimental to the rights and privileges of the Opposition.
The cumulative effect of these aberrations, which have been increasing in intensity with every passing, week, is to restrict drastically the availability of democratic space in Parliament, the letter said adding the regrettable consequence of this situation is the rapid erosion of public confidence in the practical working of Parliament and its Committees, with irreparable damage to the fundamental values of representative democracy.”