A special meeting of the ruling party group chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was held yesterday afternoon. The protest that took place in Mirihana last night and the incidents related to it were discussed at length here.
Although the ruling party has about 150 seats in parliament, it is reported that only about 75 members have participated in the discussion. The 11-party group also boycotted the discussion.
At this meeting, a group of ruling party MPs has requested the President to immediately impose a nationwide curfew and take action to control the situation. Otherwise, the people will surround the houses of the parliamentarians all over the country and try to create conflicts, the MPs have pointed out.
However, the President has not agreed to that. He has asked the MPs what action will be taken if they try to take to the streets and protest despite the curfew. The President has stated that the imposition of a curfew is not a solution and the only solution is to resolve the dollar crisis as soon as possible.