Ranjan, Aluthgamage clash in Parliament
UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, from the Joint Opposition and UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake were involved in fisticuffs in Parliament yesterday, following a heated argument between them, where they insulted each other’s mother in obscene language, Parliament sources revealed.
According to eye witnesses, Ramanayake had met JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, while waiting for the lift reserved for MPs on the Second Floor. There, Ramanayake had inquired as to why the JVP Leader had agreed to safeguard the name and reputation of MP Aluthgamage. The JVP Leader had responded that he had not made any such promise and that Ramanayake had probably heard a rumour.
However, Ramanayake said that he was told so by none other than Aluthgamage himself. The JVP Leader again insisted that the there was no agreement between himself and Aluthgamage, adding that the JVP had lodged several complaints against the latter.
At this point, the lift arrived and Aluthgamage, who was within, proceeded to exit when Ramanayake confronted him with the matter and that JVP Leader was denying any involvement with the Aluthgamage. Aluthgamage replied that there had been no agreement between himself and the JVP and that he had been accused of crimes he had not committed.
Aluthgamage had charged that the Government was levelling false allegation against the Opposition and that time would reveal who the real culprits were. Ramanayake responded that the Government was making allegations with evidence and requested the Aluthgamage to be patient till the investigations were concluded.
“It was you who raised an issue regarding a Defender jeep. There was no such problem before that,” Aluthgamage said.
Ramanayake said that he had obtained details of the Defender scam from Aluthgamage’s brother Ananda Aluthgamage, adding that information against Aluthgamage was being leaked by his former wife. Then, Aluthgamage warned Ramanayake not to resort to movie antic to which Ramanayake retorted that he would resort to such antics anywhere he wished.
As the argument further heated, both MPs resorted to vulgar language and insulted each other’s mothers, ending the disagreement in an all out brawl.
MPs Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Kumara Welgama and Ranjith Soyza intervened and separated that fighting MPs.
Later, Aluthgamage told the media he had thrashed Ramanayake while Ramanayke, with a reddened face, claimed he had come out on top in the tussle.