After President Maithripala Sirisena issued notice on October 26 that he had removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM, parliament gathered for the first time on November 14.
In the midst of all this calamity during these four days, the only MP that was not present in parliament was Duminda Dissanayake, according to parliament sources.
Four years ago, in November 2014 when Maithripala Sirisena was nominated as the Common Candidate, Duminda Dissanayake too had resigned from his ministerial post and expressed his support to Sirisena.
Thereafter, he held a ministerial portfolio under the good governance government and although he was given a ministerial portfolio under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government too, so far he has not taken over duties, it is reported.
Similarly, Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Dilum Amunugama and Wasantha Senanayake had also participated in parliament sessions just once during these four days. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had come to parliament only on the 14th, Dilum Amunugama only on the 15th when he injured his hand while trying to grab something on the Speaker’s table and Wasantha Senanayake was present in parliament only on the 14th.