Former Deputy Minister of Highways Mervyn Silva left Parliamentary proceedings, after interrupting an Opposition MP during oral question time earlier today.
UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara was quizzing the Ministry of National Heritage and Cultural Affairs on the maintenance of the World Heritage site, Sigiriya rock. Jayasekara queried whether chemicals had been used to chase away the wasps which nest on Sigiriya. The Ministry denied this strongly.
Jayasekara then quizzed Deputy Minister Gunarathna Weerakoon on a project to construct new toilet facilities at the summit of the rock. Weerakoon said that he knew of the project but had put a stop to it. “There was demand from foreigners to construct facilities at the top of the rock. The climb to the top and back is very long, hence the request,” Weerakoon said. However Weerakoon said once he had found out about the project he had terminated it.
While this exchange was taking place MP Mervyn Silva began to interrupt Jayasekara. However he was shouted down. “The door is there… at the back” was heard, apparently from the Speaker’s chair, as Silva left the House. The Opposition side applauded loudly as he exited.