The Diyawanna group of the Greens-led alliance selected the Opposition Whip the other day.
In fact, there was a big battle for the post behind the scene. The other contender was Ajith from Kalutara, who represented the Sajith faction of the party. However, he had no backing from the party leader.
Some tried to select someone close to the leader. However, the majority opted for a person acceptable to both factions. So, finally, they all agreed on the compromise-candidate from Elpitiya. And the Kalutara politico too agreed to withdraw from the battle, they say.