They are targeting to remove Ravi Karunanayake, Mangala Samaraweera and Lakshman Kiriella from their finance, foreign affairs and highways portfolios. All three are key figures in the UNP and an attempt for their removal itself is indicative of the ulterior motive.
The attempt is to get them replaced by SLFPers, or failing which, to get second string UNPers appointed in their place. That second move will certainly create a conflict in the UNP and go to strengthen the SLFP. However, reports say the president has not agreed to the suggestion. His recent remarks reveal these behind-the-scene attempts.