A heated argument over the conduct of MP Janaka Tissakuttiarachchi brought ruling and opposition MPs close to exchanging blows today.
The argument flared up when Tissakuttiarachchi refused to tender an apology to MP Rohini Kaviratne whom he had insulted using abusive words.
Tissakuttuarachchi was making a fiery speech when MPs Hesha Withnage and Chaminda Wijesiri tried to storm in towards the former. A few MPs from the ruling party benches including Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, Indika Anuruddha and Kanchana Wijesekera were there at that time.
Serjeant-at-arms Narednera Fernando and Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa also ran on to the well of the House and tried to restore calm. The MPs were pushing each other physically at the well and filthy words filled the air. Mr. Fernando lost his balance and almost hit the floor during the melee.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)