TNA claims Opposition Leader post

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Amid controversy over the opposition leader post in Parliament, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday staked its claim for the post saying that it was the single largest party outside the government in the House.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan told Daily Mirror that the United National Party (UNP), the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the Tamil National Alliance or Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi(ITAK) , and the Democratic National Alliance(DNA) were the only four parties having parliamentary representation at the moment.

However, he said both the UNP and the UPFA had got together to form the new government and, therefore, the TNA with 13 MPs was the opposition party with the greatest number of members.

“Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardane cannot ask for it because his party contested under the betel symbol of the UPFA. The UPFA is part of the government now. So we are the largest party in the opposition,” he said.

However Mr. Sampanthan said it was a matter for Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to decide on.

Already, moves are underway to secure the post for Mr. Gunawardane backed by a section of UPFA MPs.

The Speaker is expected to announce his ruling tomorrow.(KB)
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  • Billa Monday, 06 April 2015 07:10 PM

    TNA should be given the opposition leadership.... And a Tamil candidate should be proposed by SLFP as prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general election. This will expedite the reconciliation process.

    Fassey Monday, 06 April 2015 02:42 PM

    TNA has all the right to claim. Aiyo Wimal videsha kumanthranayak.

    Pasel Monday, 06 April 2015 10:21 AM

    Let see the Math from the speaker, this result will show how the country handling the democracy

    lawy Monday, 06 April 2015 03:24 PM

    Give the opposition leadership to the wadak nethi Dinesh. He can sing the song of MR.

    ANTON Monday, 06 April 2015 10:31 AM

    NOW OUR PARLIAMENT DOES NOT HAVE AN OPPOSITION, THEY ALL ARE FRIENDS.

    nalaka Monday, 06 April 2015 10:32 AM

    nariyata kukullu baradunna wage thiyei God Bless Sri Lanka

    taro aso Monday, 06 April 2015 03:45 PM

    TNA is a separatist party. all separatist parties are banned across the world BAN TNA

    cyril n Monday, 06 April 2015 11:02 AM

    They are right in making their claim. Let us see justice, fair play and democracy working together.

    ramola Monday, 06 April 2015 11:05 AM

    Will we ever rise above banana politics?

    Senaratne Monday, 06 April 2015 11:05 AM

    Why are we so hell bent in harming our motherland this much ?

    Sniper Monday, 06 April 2015 10:06 PM

    Inna Tamil Achcharu Kattiya (ITAK)

    Chamal Monday, 06 April 2015 04:53 PM

    Who are in the advisory committee? TNA and JVP so they are also in the Government. Most suitable person is Denesh.

    janaka Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:03 PM

    The only party who has qualifications for opposition leader is TNA.There should not be argument.

    Lokka Monday, 06 April 2015 11:13 AM

    What opposition Leadership for the RACIST TNA.? TNA should soon be proscribed.

    dilip Monday, 06 April 2015 11:26 AM

    Great results of YAHAPALANAYA.Mr.President, with a big smile hand it to them. This is why we need Mr.Mahinda.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 06 April 2015 11:01 PM

    TNA leaders request is Ok, but this fellow is a tripicle Pro-LTTE.

    sunil perera Monday, 06 April 2015 11:28 AM

    Mr Sirisena split the SLFP and teamed-up with the UNP. TNA has a right to lead the Opposition because they have the largest number of seats in the Parliament (13-seats).

    Kiri Baba Amaray Monday, 06 April 2015 11:05 PM

    If he sit in the opposition (TNA) within six months they will form-up LTTE.

    upali Monday, 06 April 2015 11:35 AM

    This matter go in the annals of the history where a party having majority in the parliament was pushed back to opposition and a minor group of parliaments were made as the govt. just because of the change of head of state. So in future this country need only a Presidential election to change the ruling party of the legislature and Provincial councils. In that way a large sum of money could be saved for more elections i.e. Parliamentary election and provincial elections. On this footing TNA should be made the holder of opposition leadership.


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