Chief Opposition Whip JVP Parliaemntarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake has observed that the time allocation raised by JO Leader Dinesh Gunawardena is an internal problem of the party and that Parliament is not the forum to sort it out.
He was addressing the House on the time allocation issue discussed in the House. He said: “We have seen similar incidents before. There are three parties in the Opposition. The TNA got the Opposition leader’s post. We were given the chief opposition whip post. Then there was a political arrangement where a group of UPFA parliamentarians, who broke away from the government and came to sit here, while their colleagues are within the government ranks.
That group is not considered a separate group here officially. The usual arrangement is to give 70 per cent of debate time to the government and 30 per cent to the Opposition. The 70 per cent got by the government is divided as 40 per cent to the UNP and 30 per cent to the UPFA. The UPFA’s 30 per cent should be divided among its MPs.
We have nothing to do with this issue, which came out as a result of an internal problem of the UPFA. If the UPFA decides to break away from the government and sit in the opposition we are ready to give them the opposition leader’s post.”