Jayasuriya had sought the opinion of the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera on appointing Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena the leader of the opposition.
The Speaker had requested Amaraweera to state the position of the party since a request had been put forward by several MPs including some from the UPFA.
Amaraweera today said that he has communicated the position of the UPFA to the Speaker.
The opposition leader at present is Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan.
However the joint opposition has been pushing for Gunawardene to be given the post saying Sampanthan has been more a voice for the Government and not the opposition. (Colombo Gazette)