Need of the hour is unity - Abdul Cader
Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne yesterday gave 15 minutes from his
allocated time to UNP Kandy District MP Abdul Cader to speak at the
budget debate in Parliament as the UNP had not allocated time for its MP
to make his speech.
The senior MP who made his speech using the time given to him by the
Premier told the House that he would vote in Savour of the second
reading of the budget in retaliation of the UNP, not giving him time.
Cader who stop up after the Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga
spoke the speaker that he would now speak due to non allocation of time
for him by the UNP.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa told the Chief Opposition Whip that the MP's
name is not in the speaker's list of the UNP and asked whether will he
be given time from the UNP.
The Chief Opposition Whip responding to the Speaker said they
requested the MP to attend their group meeting and get the time
allocated. But he did not come. Therefore these things cannot be done
haphazardly. This led to exchange some heated words between the MP and
the Chief Opposition Whip.
The MP Cader said in a situation where the prices of goods have gone
up the UNP speaks about IMF and IIFA. The need of the hour is that both
sides should be united and help the government to move to wards the
right direction. "I am not against the party leadership or with anybody
The MP said 'we should raise our hands for the benefit of the
country. Earlier the opposition always raised its hands against the
Government. If we always speak and oppose everything put forward by the
Government, what would happen to the future of this country?
He said he never acted against the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremseinghe,
while Wickremesinghe was losing election after election, I was with him
I was in fact his ardent supporter within party ranks, while others
were rebelling against him, I was on his side. Thus, it is hurting when
I am ignored and sidelined now.Cader said I am not against my party. I
requested in writing from the party leadership to allocate time for me
to speak in this important debate. But the party has left me out when it
prepared its list of speakers.
"When the Government does something good for the people and country,
we must support it.
We must strengthen the hands of the President and work with him to
develop this country. That would pave the way to the international
community to increase its support to Sri Lanka, he said.