Joint Opposition In Disarray
By Ashanthi Warunasuriya
Sources close with the joint opposition said that several members have indicated they will be supporting the government.
As a result the joint opposition has had several meetings are more are scheduled to be held over the next few weeks as well in an attempt to retain the members.
Sources said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken part in some of the meetings.
When contacted by The Sunday Leader, joint opposition member and Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that anyone can leave the joint opposition.
He said that the joint opposition will not hold a grudge against anyone who leaves and backs the government. Nanayakkara also said that the joint opposition will oppose the Constitutional Assembly to be proposed on Saturday in Parliament.
He said the main concern the joint opposition has is with the proposal that the Prime Minister will have the authority to form the steering committee in the Constitutional Assembly.
He insisted that the steering committee must have representatives from all political parties in Parliament and the names of members proposed must also be discussed in Parliament.
Joint opposition member Prasanna Ranatunga said that the joint opposition will convene this week to take a final decision on issues related to the Constitutional Assembly.
President Maithripala Sirisena will convene Parliament on Saturday and submit a resolution seeking to convert Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly.