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The party leaders of the Joint Opposition (JO) today appointed a committee of experts led by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Professor G.L.Peiris to study the matter of becoming independent in Parliament.

Some of the MPs of the JO were considering the notion of becoming independent in Parliament, after leaving the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in their crusade to obtain the Opposition Leader’s post.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Prof. Peiris said the matter of becoming independent was discussed at great length at the party leader’s meeting which was held under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“There appears to be various aspects of this issue and it was decided that all these different aspects needs to be considered in depth and in great details before a final decision is made. Therefore, it was decided to appoint a committee of experts under my chairmanship and consisting of party leaders and others, to look at all the issues and to make a report,” he said.

He said the committee would look at the matter carefully and would present a report to the party leaders. “The final decision will be made only after considering the report of this committee of expert,” he said.

Opposition Leader nominee of the JO, MP Dinesh Gunawardane and MP Dullas Alahapperuma have also been appointed as members of the committee. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Ceylon Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:06 PM

    These all greedy politicians during the government and during the opposition,only interested of is for positions.not to attend for peoples needs.

    Gamini j Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:12 PM

    Aimless bunch following a shameless fellow

    Chris Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:12 AM

    All card board heroes, trying to save their MPs posts. Politics should be about principles and not benefits. If JO has the backbone let them become independent and risk losing their seats.

    raj Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:27 AM

    these MPs were elected as UPFA MPs. If they want to be independent MPs they must resign their parliamentary seats and contest as Independents to prove to the nation that they have backing of the people for their stance.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:30 AM

    This is a move by JO and the Group of 16 or is it 13, to save face for their failure to take over the Leader of the Opposition post.

    Arjuna Ranawana Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:30 AM

    The committee report will be submitted after ending of 2020 elections ? .Have your forgot your Party

    stardust Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:39 PM

    raj is correct. Resign from UPFA or forget your independence via DM Android App


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