Various issues arise in Joint Opposition led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from time to time. Some members of the Joint Opposition work in favor of Mahinda Rajapaksa and some others work in favor of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Some other members closely work with Basil Rajapaksa. Between these groups, problems arise frequently.
For the position of new Deputy Speaker, UNP nominated Ananda Kumarasiri and SLFP decided to nominate Sudarshani Fernandopulle. However, certain MPs of Joint Opposition have opposed her.
During the secret vote held to elect the new Deputy Speaker, aforesaid group of Joint Opposition MPs left the chambers to show their disapproval. It is reported that 15 MPs have left like this, and they were Basil supporters.
Fernandopulle’s name has been proposed by Gota supporters and Basil supporters have opposed it from the beginning.
Joint Opposition MPs say that Joint Opposition has faced a great defeat because of conflicts between Gotabhaya and Basil. They further say that certain issues have been created by Rajapaksa brothers who are attempting to control the members as they want and the UNP is benefitting from these sorts of issues.