The UPFA, with the SLFP as its main affiliate and having the most number of opposition seats in parliament, will not get the opposition leader position if it becomes party to a national government, say experts on parliamentary affairs.
Although some of its MPs sit in the opposition, the UPFA will then be a government party, they point out.
In that case, the ITAK (TNA), with the next highest seats of 16, will get the opposition leader position, according to them.
TNA secretary Mavai Senathiraja has told the media that they would seek the position if the UPFA joins the UNP to form a national government.
However, UPFA’s MP-elect Kumar Welgama has told Neth FM that he would accept the opposition leader position, claiming that with 33 years in politics, he is the most qualified person for the position.