MS-MR meet post-Vesak?
Giving fresh hopes to SLFPers, a discussion between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be held early next week.
“All SLFPers expect them to get together to make the party strong to face the forthcoming elections,” MP John Seneviratne said, adding that the senior SLFP MPs were negotiating with President Sirisena and former President Rajapaksa to get a fresh date soon.
The meeting between them was initially scheduled for last week but was postponed as former President Rajapaksa had to participate in another event out of Colombo, he said.
Seneviratne said that all SLFP MPs in the Opposition and those in the Sirisena Government expected the duo to meet.
“They will be discussing their future plans to bring unity among SLFP Parliamentarians, their plans to revive the party to face the forthcoming elections and matters relating to resolving any disputes among party members,” he noted.
He said a team of senior Parliamentarians, including himself, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, met the former President to negotiate a meeting between him and President Sirisena.
Seneviratne said that Rajapaksa has given them an assurance that he would not take any decision to create a division in the SLFP.
“He also assured that he would never leave the party. We informed him about the possible threats to the SLFP if it is divided into few camps. He agreed with us and assured to take every effort to keep the party intact,” he said.
Seneviratne said the SLFPers wanted the party to have a common leadership and wanted to see the party united to bring it back to power.