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SJB MP demands removal of comments from Wigneswaran’s ‘racist’ parliamentary speech

Photograph:  Facebook - MP Manusha Nanayakkara

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian, Manusha Nanayakkara, demanded Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to retract parts of The leader of the Thamizh Makkal Thesiya Kootani (TMTK) and parliamentarian C.V. Wigneswaran’s speech, yesterday. 

Nanayakkara accused Wigneswaran’s speech of racism and stated that Wigneswaran’s pledge when entering parliament to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty was threatened by his comments that “promoted dividing the country”. 

In his first speech as a parliamentarian, Wigneswaran said, “we have a very powerful government now” and that there was “a similar government during the regime… [of] the 1983 Pogrom.”

Wigneswaran insisted that the rights of the people in the North-East needs to be recognised as they “are entitled to the right of self-determination”. He also said that Sri Lanka needs to “shed the false historical perspectives of the past” to allow for freedom and equality.

Wigneswaran said that “every action will have its opposite reaction” and repeated the comment in Sinhalese, prompting a few reactions from the House.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena responded to Nanayakkara's demands by stating he would “look into the matter and take appropriate action” yesterday.   

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