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Telephone call between ex Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa

Colombo (LNW): Following the controversial appearance of ex Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa at a free food distribution (dansala) event held by ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of his official residence in Wijerama, Colombo, more details into the story have begun to appear contradicting Weerawansa’s strong stance against the Rajapaksas, involving a telephone conversation allegedly taken place between Basil Rajapaksa, the National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader.

The alleged telephone conversation has taken place between Basil Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila, Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, in what SLPP sources described as an invitation to the Ruling Party MPs gone rogue to set aside the differences and rejoin the SLPP to put the once most powerful political alliance in the known history back in track.

It is interesting to note that the story of the alleged telephone conversation appears in the backdrop where both Gammanpila and Weerawansa have been strong advocates against Basil Rajapaksa for the last two years.

Rajapaksa has allegedly told the two that there is no benefit to be gained by the current separation in their political stream, adding that the factions they represent may reach a point of no return in politics considering the current trend in Sri Lanka, should they continue to oppose the formation of an alliance, hence the invitation to reassemble being made.

Despite Gammanpila and Weerawansa not making any comment on the story, the NFF Leader’s wife’s presence at a chick pea dansala sanctioned by the Rajapaksas has improvised speculation that a major political blow is about to take place.

Weerawansa’s wife has already been convicted in a passport scandal and has been sentenced to serve in prison but is out on bail, and Weerawansa himself has been subjugated to a series of pending trials. Weerawansa laments that he is being targeted by the CIA and the FBI, but needless to say that their political games have always been instrumental in turning the tables in Sri Lankan politics.

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