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Former Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, who was elected to Parliament on the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket, said he, along with others, would talk to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya about the opposition leadership post.

A section of the UPFA is opposed to the appointment of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R.Sampanthan to it. This group pushes for the appointment of Kalutara district MP Kumara Welgama to it.

Addressing a meeting in Gampaha, he said, he and the team would act as an opposition group though the UPFA had joined the National Unity Government with the UNP.

“The space to act according to conscience is getting contracted. We are not opposed to Mr. Sampanthan. Yet, the TNA –controlled Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution calling for an international war crime probe on Sri Lanka,” he said.

Noting that his party did not seek a mandate for a national government, he said though former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was faulted for creating a mega Cabinet, the very same had been done at the moment.

“I will continue to fight till a Prime Minister representing Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led UPFA is appointed one day. Mr. Rajapaksa never acted in a manner inimical to the interests of SLFP. He is a leader with patience,” Mr. Ranatunga said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Sapu Sunday, 06 September 2015 03:56 PM

    This land thief was the one who made the SLFP lose and now talk about bringing a SLFP Prime minsiter

    Cheers Sunday, 06 September 2015 04:19 PM

    Great comment we are with you and we have never betrayed the party and it values like maithree who is a total disgrace

    de silva Sunday, 06 September 2015 04:22 PM

    You all will be in the opposition at least for the next 20 years.

    Boonda Sunday, 06 September 2015 04:32 PM

    Greediness knows no bound of these MR goons who need lesson on democracy. UPFA can not be both in govt and as well as opposition. How can you talk without authorization from UPFA leader or secretary. TNA proved 16 numbers and got it. Can you show the number ?

    Maya Sunday, 06 September 2015 04:42 PM

    So you want MR to be the Opposition leader. Stop dis-reputing him. Let him have his dignity and respect. Enough is enough for a man who save this country from terrorism.

    justicia Monday, 07 September 2015 09:49 AM

    The only way to worm his way out of the case is to get MR back into POWER.

    Sri Wickrama Monday, 07 September 2015 10:22 AM

    You will find a seat in jail in time to come.

    johan Sunday, 06 September 2015 08:57 PM

    First why cant you clear your case with FCID? before you talk nonsense

    Sim Sunday, 06 September 2015 09:20 PM

    You and MR have an opportunity to contest on your own at the Provincial Council elections

    intruder Monday, 07 September 2015 04:41 PM

    But people had to face plunder and state terrorism

    Joseph Monday, 07 September 2015 12:20 PM

    Since when did you though of honoring peoples mandate?


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