Appointing Dinesh Opposition Leader: 70 MPs led by JO to meet Speaker today

18 July 2018 08:36 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A joint opposition-led coalition of 70 parliamentarians are due to meet Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this afternoon to request the appointment of MP Dinesh Gunawardane as the Opposition Leader in Parliament, an MP said yesterday.

JO National Organiser Dullas Alahapperuma said this was decided at their group meeting which was also attended by 13 MPs of the 16 UPFA MPs who left the government.

“Out of the 92 Opposition MPs, 70 are backing MP Dinesh Gunawardane and we will request the Speaker to appoint him as the Opposition Leader and to recognize us as the official opposition in parliament. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given his blessings in this regard,” the MP told Daily Mirror.

He said the future course of action to make the JO the official opposition in parliament would be taken based on the response given by Speaker Jayasuriya to their initial request today (18). (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 7

  • BBM Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:26 AM

    People's verdict given in last parliamentry election upholds than the jumping MP request.

    Joker Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:37 AM

    This is reconciliation ! ! what a joke by jokers.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:53 AM

    Mr. Sambanthan is the legitimate Leader of the Opposition. Elect a piece of garbage as leader of an illegitimate opposition and be ready to face the wrath of the North and East. These JO clowns are going to be the initiators of a uprising if there is going to be one.

    joshua Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:58 AM

    Dinesh as Opposition leader??Ha haa....shows what caliber of people we have in Parliament.

    Leo Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:00 AM

    When time for elections Dinesh will be thrown to the bin while master puppeteer takes over.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:21 AM

    Let them all resign from all other parties and join SLPP then they can ask for the Leader of the Opposition Post. Until then let them keep quite.

    Dhammika Thursday, 19 July 2018 10:18 AM

    This DINESH and VASU are USELESS MPs who only sabotage parlimant sittings and have done NOTHING progressive to mother LANKA . ONLY enjoying MP Salary and getting the the Perks and Priviledges at the cost of the Poor voter .

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