Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam has observed that the recognition of Sampanthan as opposition leader should not be misconstrued as a perk bestowed on him by the government.
He explained it has devolved on Sampanthan since Tamil National Alliance has emerged as the third force in Parliament. It is therefore his rightgul and legitimate share.
Sivagnanam was speaking at the event held in Trincomalee to accord a rousing welcome to Sampanthan on his appointment as Opposition Leader.
He added that in the very frist speech Sampanthan delivered in Parliament on his being elevated to the post of opposition leader, he proved that he was going to be firm in his neutral stand.