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MP Jayaratne sits with opposition

Puttalam District MP Piyankara Jayaratne, who recently resigned from the post of State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government sat on the Opposition side in parliament yesterday.

Several minutes after the House resumed sittings, Jayaratne arrived in the chamber from the entrance allocated for the Opposition MPs and took a seat in the second row of the opposition ranks while the MPs of Joint Opposition were clapping and thumping their desks to welcome him.

Some members of the Joint Opposition Group were seen coming to MP Jayaratne’s seat to welcome his decision and to congratulate him.

JHU’s Ven Aturaliye Ratana Thera who recently announced that he would act as an independent MP in Parliament was seen sitting in his usual seat on the front row of the government side.
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