Joint Opposition MP Prasanna Ranathunga says that the 16 SLFP MPs who left the government must choose either Pohottuwa led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa or the leadership of present President Maithripala Sirisena.
He said he didn’t vote in favor of Sudarshani Fernandopulle at Deputy Speaker vote because their support was given for UNP to win at Seeduwa Urban Council.
Internal crises of Joint Opposition were clearly shown during the Deputy Speaker vote and since Prasanna Ranathunga and others did not vote, the UNP candidate won easily.
Joint Opposition had complained before that the Group of 16 is keeping one leg on Mahinda’s side and the other leg in Maithri’s side.
However, Lakbima newspaper, owned by Group of 16 member Thilanga Sumathipala, had previously said that several members of Joint Opposition are willing to join his group.