President Maithripala Sirisena is behind the twin appointments of R. Sampanthan of TNA and Anura Kumar Dissanayake of the JVP to the key positions of the Opposition Leader and Chief Opposition Whip respectively in Parliament says the UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa.
On the formation of a national government Weerawansa says “the President as the leader of the UPFA has taken an arbitrary decision misusing his executive powers by agreeing to set up a national government with the UNP. This is going against the mandate of the people who voted for the UPFA”
“Sirisena has taken a solo decision without consulting the 95 UPFA members in parliament or the UPFA executive committee to force the UPFA into an unholy marriage with Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP”
Weerawansa says that Sirisena had done a U-turn on his promise made to a group of UPFA leaders including himself that he would allow the opposition to decide on who should be the opposition leader.
“Accordingly we handed over a letter signed by 56 UPFA parliamentarians to the President on Tuesday requesting him to appoint Kumara Welgama as the opposition leader. At the time he did not say that this cannot be done. He kept silent and look what has happened now?” Weerawansa questioned.
Revealing more on the issue Weerawansa went on to say that the newly appointed UPFA General Secretary Wisva Warnapala on the instructions of the President had sent a letter without consulting other members that the UPFA will not contest for the post of opposition leader.
According to Weerwansa the conspiracy which was afoot was further exposed when Sampanthan wrote a letter to the speaker requesting him to appoint the JVP leader as the chief whip.
The NFF leader claimed that both the JVP and TNA were working hand-in-glove in sharing key portfolios in the opposition which should have gone to the UPFA, which had the largest number of opposition parliamentarians.
Weerawansa predicted that the UPFA members occupying the opposition benches will increase after the government announces its cabinet of ministers.