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  • EU delegation calls on Sampanthan

    EU delegation calls on Sampanthan

    A special delegation of the European Union called on Tamil National Alliance Leader Parliamentarian R.Sampanthan and held discussion. Sampanthan briefed them of the problems of the Tamils and the need to enact a new constitution for Tamils to live as equals in the island.
  • Alice Wells at St.Anthony’s shrine in Kochchikade

    Alice Wells at St.Anthony’s shrine in Kochchikade

    The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, one of the churches bombed by Muslim extremists on April 21, and laid a wreath in remembrance of the victims.
  • Rajitha hands over 20 endoscopy machines to hospitals

    Rajitha hands over 20 endoscopy machines to hospitals

    Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne handed over 20 endoscopy machines to authorities to be distributed to various hospitals in the island at a ceremony held recently. Health Services Director Dr.Anil Jayasinghe and Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera were also present.
  • Ranil graces opening of Green Valley Apartment Complex in Kaduwela

    Ranil graces opening of Green Valley Apartment Complex in Kaduwela

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the ceremony held to mark the opening of the Green Valley apartment complex in Ranala Kaduwala on Sunday as its Chief Guest.
  • Our next president will be one selected democratically by the UNP: Mangala

    Our next president will be one selected democratically by the UNP: Mangala

    Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has observed that the next president of Sri Lanka will be the person democratically selected by the United National Party and its allies to stand on a platform of democracy, safeguarding the judiciary, public service and other independent institutions and putting ordinary citizens before any family.
  • Rajapaksa’s with new party, new slogans are the same - a Kobeyya will never be an eagle: Ranil

    Rajapaksa’s with new party, new slogans are the same - a Kobeyya will never be an eagle: Ranil

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday has charged that even though the Rajapaksa family was attempting to return to power with a new party, new candidate, and new slogans, voters must understand that “a kobeyya (dove), whether it is fried or cooked in milk, is still a kobeyya, and will never be a rajaaliya (eagle).”
  • I will make Sri Lanka a peaceful, secure, safe country: Gotabaya in his maiden address

    I will make Sri Lanka a peaceful, secure, safe country: Gotabaya in his maiden address

    Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate has observed that if entrusted with the stewardship of this country by the people, his first task would be to ensure complete safety and security throughout the nation. He had complete confidence that we would once again be able to make Sri Lanka one of the most peaceful, secure, and safe countries in the world. He would accept responsibility for people’s safety, and the safety of children and loved ones.
  • Gotabaya is SLPP’s Presidential candidate: Mahinda announces

    Gotabaya is SLPP’s Presidential candidate: Mahinda announces

    Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Leader Mahinda Rajapakse has announced that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
  • US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

    US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

    United States Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Alice Wells called on Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa at his official residence in Wijerama on Sunday morning, August 11 and held discussions. She is currently on a regional tour visiting India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

    SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

    The Leadership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been handed to the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa at its National Convention held at the Sugathathasa Indoor Stadium today, Sunday, August 11.
  • Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

    Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

    Joint Opposition Parliamentarian MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena has charged that the government was entering into international agreements detrimental to the country and in violation of the constitution.
  • Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Plantation Minister Navin Eranjan Dissanayake visited Yarl Naga Vihara on Saturday, August 10 during his visit to Jaffna.
 

“JVP, TNA are two parties representing opposition” :Vijitha on opposition leader appointment

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JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath has expressed the view that Speaker has to take cognizance of the fact that Janatha Vimukthy Peramuna and Tamil National Alliance are the two parties that represent the opposition in the Parliament today in making a determination on the appointment of the opposition leader.

 Speaking to the media, he stated as follows:It is up to the Speaker to make the final decision regarding this. At present TNA musters the majority seats in the Opposition. According to mathematics, the Opposition Leader's post should go to the TNA. But the majority of people's aspirations and the genuine role of the Opposition is fulfilled by the JVP. Therefore, the genuine Opposition Leader should be JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake. If the TNA also expresses its satisfaction, Dissanayake would take up that challenge.

 The Opposition Leader represents the SLFP. Some SLFP MPs joined the Government and obtained ministerial portfolios following a decision taken by the SLFP Central Committee. Therefore, the SLFP has no moral right to hold ministerial portfolios and the Opposition Leader post at the same time because it would set a wrong precedence.

A group of SLFP MPs have also proposed MP Dinesh Gunawardena's name to the post of Opposition Leader. But they have no ability to propose his name as he also represents the UPFA coalition and he is also an integral partner of the Government.  The incumbent Opposition Leader has no authority to fulfill the duties of his post while MP Dinesh Gunawardena cannot also be nominated to that post as he is also a constituent partner of the UPFA. At present the genuine Opposition is represented by the JVP and the TNA.

We have requested the Speaker to select a suitable person from the TNA or the JVP as the Opposition Leader. We didn't request the Speaker to give the Opposition Leader's post to us.

What is more appropriate is to elect an Opposition Leader based on the consensus reached between these two parties. If the TNA is ready to give the Opposition Leader's portfolio to the JVP, we are ready to accept it.

Opposition parties didn't have big issue with the former Opposition Leader as he just performed his duties during that period. But this is an entirely new situation created after a group of SLFP MPs joined the so called National Government and obtained portfolios. Actually this is a coalition government. A section of the coalition sits in the opposition while the other sits in the government. This is not a healthy situation for democracy. This is the first time in our political history such as volatile political situation has been created.

Under these circumstances, electing the Opposition Leader has turned into a big controversy. This wrong tradition should be stopped. If not this bad precedence would pave the way for a political party to gain the Opposition Leader's post and ministerial portfolios. At present an unprecedented political situation has cropped in the House. Therefore, it cannot be compared with the situation which prevailed in Parliament over the past 11 years."

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