A secret meeting had been reportedly held last night (8 November) between Basil Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickramasinghe.
Internal political sources said that the meeting had been organized by a prominent businessman. During the meeting, it had been emphasized that the current political crisis must be resolved with or without President Maithripala Sirisena. It is said that the objective of this meeting was to resolve the political crisis created following the decision taken by the President on 26 October.
Basil Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickramasinghe had discussed the politically disadvantageous situation faced by President Maithripala Sirisena due to his decision to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. Also, they had focused on the fact that the number of MPs supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa is limited to only 97.
However, the meeting between Basil Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickramasinghe had been concluded with good results. Political sources said that the President is unaware of this meeting.