The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today justified the appointment of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan to the post of the opposition leader in parliament.
The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the media that Sampanthan was the most suitable candidate to hold the post as the TNA was the party with the largest number of seats in the opposition.
Dissanayake said that the UPFA which had 96 seats in parliament, only second to that of UNP (106) through it’s General Secretary Wisva Warnapala had informed the speaker that the party will join with the UNP to form a coalition government.
Warnapala had said that thus the UPFA will not contest for the opposition leaders post.
In this backdrop Dissanayke said that the speaker Karu Jayasuriya had no option but to designate Sampanthan as the leader of the opposition.
Dissanayake said that if the TNA had been denied the opportunity the international community could have taken up arms against the country once again claiming it as an act of oppression.
Meanwhile criticizing sections within the UPFA who were opposing TNA being given the opposition leaders post Dissanayake said that if such MP’s were truly patriotic as they claim to be, they could convince all the party members to sit in the opposition which in turn will result UPFA receiving the opposition leades position.
R. Sampanthan, the TNA leader was appointed as the Opposition Leader of the 08th parliament of Sri Lanka on Thursday. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya named Sampanthan as the leader of the Opposition while noting that the UPFA had not made any official requests with regard to the post of opposition leader. Earlier the UPFA too was vying for the opposition leader position.