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The joint opposition's struggle to secure the opposition leader’s post had not ended but had just begun, MP Bandula Gunawardene said yesterday.

He said this in response to a question raised by journalists whether there was any legal provision to contest the ruling given by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

“Speaker’s ruling is not a defeat and it has not ended our struggle,” the MP said.

MP Chandima Weerakody said the Speaker’s ruling was unfair as TNA MP R. Sampanthan cannot function as Opposition Leader because his party is actually supporting the Prime Minister and the government. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe managed to show a majority with the support of the TNA. Therefore how could one consider the TNA as an opposition party," Mr. Weerakkody asked.

He said even the JVP could not be consider an opposition party because it was also dealing with the government.

Mr. Weerakkody faulted the Speaker for not allowing the JO to voice its opinion on his ruling regarding the opposition leader's post.

Quote -- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe managed to show a majority with the support of the TNA. Therefore how could one consider the TNA as an opposition party. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • D Saturday, 11 August 2018 08:02 PM

    Omg! You don't need to hate the government to be on the opposition. That's the issue with this country. No matter who's in power, the opposition try to hinder the work. All parties should work as a unified parliament for something to happen. Not think about personal gain. Only then will the country will flourish. I don't see this happening with the egotistical maniacs we have running around spending my hard earn money collected as tax!!!

    S B Lokuge Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:28 AM

    The country is not5 flourishing. Those Bond Scam crooks are selling the country.

    Sambo Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:07 PM

    This opposition has something daily to cry for shouting foul while they did the same or even worse while in power.

    Ras Sunday, 12 August 2018 07:23 PM

    Mr Sampanthan is holding a post which has ‘NO, SAMPANTHAM’ , TO HIM.


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