Submissions have been made to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on the opposition leader post.
Jayasuriya told Parliament today that he had received submissions from United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran.
Sumanthiran, in his submission, urged the Speaker to refrain from recognising former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Opposition Leader.
Sumanthiran has written to the Speaker urging him to appoint a select committee to determine if Rajapaksa can be appointed as Opposition Leader.
Sumanthiran said that the UPFA cannot be considered as a party in the Opposition as the party chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena, is in the Government and holds Ministerial portfolios, including Law and Order and Media.
He also said that it was public knowledge that Rajapaksa had resigned from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).
He said that in terms of the SLFP Constitution a person who resigns from the SLFP will not continue to be part of the UPFA. (Colombo Gazette)