The motion which was signed by 58 opposition parliamentarians supporting the nomination of MEP Leader Dinseh Gunawardane as Opposition Leader would be presented to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa next week, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.
He said some of the MPs who had earlier signed a petition in support of Nimal Sirirpala de Silva as Opposition Leader had now pledged their support to Mr. Gunawardane after submitting affidavits.
“We expect the number of signatures to increase in the next few days and to submit the motion to the Speaker next week,” he told a news briefing held at Abhayaramaya in Colombo.
UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Vice President Somaweera Chandrasiri also participated at the news conference.
Mr. Weerawansa accused the government was following a detrimental authoritarian while accusing the previous government of being authoritative.
“The incumbent government controls the executive, the post of Prime Minister and that of the opposition leader. Is this Yahapalanaya? This is a result of abnormal authoritarian governance,” he said.
Mr. Weerawansa said the government had launched a witch hunt against those who contributed to the war victory and the interrogation of former Chief of Defence Staff Roshan Gunathilake was a part of it.
Meanwhile, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the government was deviating from its Budget proposals to impose taxes on large scale businesses following the instructions of a new Finance Ministry consultant R. Paskaralingam.
He said that the May Day rally organised by their political parties will be held with the presence of hundreds of trade unions and added that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would hopefully attend the rally as he was also a former labour minister.
Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila said the government’s attempts to delay the general elections would only intensify the mounting support to former President Rajapaksa. “If the government delays holding the election against the mandate given to it, we will accelerate pressure against the government starting from our next rally in Kurunegala,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Sanath Desmond)
Comments - 14
Dude Tuesday, 31 March 2015 03:55 PM
Do not display expired products on the shelves
Veda-mama Tuesday, 31 March 2015 03:56 PM
MOONG OKKOMA VASI PATHTHATA HOIYA.
Ganesha Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:29 PM
Vasu is undergoing dementia and has become senile Veerawansa your political antics and acrobatic
JD Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:03 AM
J O K E R............!
Buddhika Lokubandara Tuesday, 31 March 2015 01:22 PM
If there is any body who deserves to be the Leader of the Opposition, it is Anura Kumara Dissanayake, The leader of the JVP - not this clown Dinesh Gunawardena
Fassey Tuesday, 31 March 2015 01:25 PM
Let him wear the saatakaya
Nimal Monday, 30 March 2015 05:42 PM
The good for nothing fools strike again!
Fassey Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:09 AM
More want this bunch of parasites to be out of sight.
Thruth Monday, 30 March 2015 05:56 PM
Dear Comrade Vasu,How many times MR would have gone on leave in that case? BTW, where were you during 2005 ~ 2015?You acted like there was neither a CB nor CBG during this period. Your policies ruined our country for almost 50 years. High time you just leave it to competent people to run this country.
daily editor modaya Monday, 30 March 2015 06:25 PM
sorry Gammanpila THE PEOPLE DOES NOT WANT HIM. He is man without a MP status mean not elected by PEOPLE
Anthony Monday, 30 March 2015 06:29 PM
Mr. Weeravansa Please stop shouting, just retire and you will be no one. Can you remember what you mentioned when you were with the JVP, You have lost your memory, after making money and doing so may things the ill legal way.
OMG Monday, 30 March 2015 06:40 PM
This fool believes being a partner in winning the war means license to rob billions of dollars from the country.
dean Monday, 30 March 2015 06:42 PM
Mahinda rajapaksha is doer he can produce results.and people know he is capable of doing it.only obstical is wimal weerannsa tone talking this man is killing all the chances of mahinda rajapaksha becoming a good politician.
Ben Hurling Monday, 30 March 2015 06:49 PM
Vasu has become a leading Rajapassa PR contractor. Vasu should never wear a red shirt ever again.
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