After President Maithripala Sirisena’s government change, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and United National Front (UNF) led by the United National Party (UNP), are facing political changes. Both parties have launched missions to win majority support in the parliament.
Members of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) had been invited to President’s Official Residence today (7) to discuss future political decisions. A team including former Minister Mano Ganeshan, Palani Digambaran and Radha Krishnana have met with President Maithripala Sirisena. TPA had visited President’s Official Residence on Pajet Road, Colombo.
During the discussion, the President had presented three suggestions.
Firstly, he had invited all six MPs to join the new government and accept ministerial portfolios.
They had refused the first request, and responded that they do not intend to support, with or without ministerial portfolios, a government in which Mahinda Rajapaksa acts as the Prime Minister.
The President had secondly requested the TPA team including Mano Ganeshan to refrain from voting in the parliament during the vote.
TPA had rejected the second request as well, saying that there is no need to refrain from voting.
The President had presented a third suggestion as well.
He had requested the group of MPs to refrain from appointing Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Prime Minister in case Mahinda Rajapaksa loses the motion of no-confidence which will be filed by the UNP against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Premiership.
The President had further stated that he, as the President, cannot work with Ranil Wickramasinghe.
Mano Ganeshan has responded that that particular decision must be taken within their party.
The TPA had very clearly stated their stance before the President. Former Minister Mano Ganeshan said that the above discussion was held with no disputes.
More such meetings will be reported within the next few days. These types of incidents clearly show how the President’s decision has changed the national and international political situation.