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Jaffna campus clash: PM said he was admired by responsible conduct of MPs

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:00 GMT, Jul 22, 2016 |
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that he admired the responsible manner in which many Parliamentarians conducted themselves during and after the clash  at the Jaffna University.

However, he expressed dismay over the attempts by a few to capitalise on the issue by trying to give it a racist connotation.

“We will discuss the future steps with regard to the incident once all the inquiry reports are submitted. MP Anura Dissanayake called me soon after this incident happened and I personally spoke to Ministers Lakshman Kiriella, Sagala Ratnayaka and D.M. Swaminathan and TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah. We could settle the situation by Saturday night itself. I thank all who took special interest in this regard,” said the Prime Minister.

“Many in the House asked us to take steps to maintain peace, without looking at it on racial lines. But, unfortunately one person had used various henchmen to say that it was the place where a killing took place in the past. I regret such racist remarks. Other than that, all the groups in Parliament acted with responsibility during that incident” the Prime Minister said.