JO wants its MP as opposition leader UPFA stance to be conveyed to Speaker today

Published : 12:02 am  August 7, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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  • JO itself is split on this matter 


Life-1-2By Sandun A Jayasekera

 UPFA General Secretary and Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera is to inform Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today of the UPFA’s stance on the request made by the joint opposition to appoint MP Dinesh Gunawardana to the post of opposition leader.  

 This is in response to the Speaker’s request to the minister asking him to inform the Speaker of the UPFA’s stance on this matter.   

“I have convened a UPFA party leaders meeting this afternoon to discuss the Speaker’s letter, JO’s request and UPFA’s stance and will respond to the Speaker tomorrow,” the minister said.   

However, the minister said though the Speaker says that Mr. Gunawardana commands the confidence of 70 MPs, the letter requesting that the MP be appointed as opposition leader was signed by only eight parliamentarians.   
“There appears to be no clear consensus among the JO members on this appointment. While a section of the JO says Mr. Gunawardana is the most qualified to the post, MP Kumara Welgama claims he is the most suited for the post. He is supported by local government members in the Kalutara District. Some other JO members say a member of the Rajapaksa family must be appointed to the post. This is more than a controversy. It is a calamity. So how can we agree to a JO MP as the opposition leader nor can the Speaker appoint a member of the ruling party. The UPFA is technically the ruling party,” he said.    Meanwhile, the minister said his personal opinion was that the best person to this post was MP Udaya Gammanpila because he was a politician thriving on creating controversy, disharmony, fabrications, distortions and barefaced lies.



No clear consensus among the JO members on their choice