They met Rajapaksa yesterday afternoon (24) and told him that they were under pressure by their supporters to do so, after president Sirisena made a controversial remark and gave interviews to two national newspapers.
The MPs requested him to pay attention to a proposal made by UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera.
However, Amaraweera’s proposal has met with opposition by Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Basil Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Prasanna Ranatunga, who want a new party to be formed.
Basil has criticized Amaraweera’s suggestion to give a top position in the party to Chamal Rajapaksa, saying more attention should be paid to Namal’s political future.
Premier is concerned
Meanwhile, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has inquired from Amaraweera with regard to an article published in Sri Lanka Mirror titled ‘Maithri faction makes revolutionary proposal to Mahinda faction!’.
Amaraweera has replied that it was nothing important, a UNP minister told SLM.
However, the PM has instructed Malik Samarawickrama to make an appointment with the president to discuss the matter.
Amaraweera has made a revolutionary and crucial proposal to the joint opposition, reported Weerawansa’s lankacnews website, adding that leaders of the joint opposition have held several rounds of discussions with regard to the proposal, and a final decision is expected within days.