No invitation, no decision on caretaker govt… No invitation, no decision on caretaker govt…
Oct 10, 2018

Welgama says will not be party to caretaker govt Featured

Joint opposition MP Kumar Welgama says he will sit in the opposition in the event a caretaker or a coalition government is formed, even though he will not oppose either.

He made the remark yesterday (09) at a meeting of SLFP MPs in the JO to discuss forming a caretaker government.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage disagreed with Welgama and said they should collectively go ahead with any decision taken.

The MPs subsequently decided that ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa would have the final say in the matter.

Here, Janaka Bandara Tennnakoon said everybody would agree with Rajapaksa’s decision, their one and only leader.

No invitation by govt.

The ex-leader said in response that no decision has been taken or any official invitation received yet to go for a coalition government.

In such an eventuality, president Maithripala Sirisena should take the major responsibility, he said.

Rajapaksa said however, he would be unhesitant in accepting, if invited, the state administration to rescue the country from the present plight.

The JO MPs also decided against responding to media reports on a coalition government.

Another meeting today

The meeting was exclusively for the SLFP MPs only, and none of the 15 MPs who left the government recently were invited.

Referring to that, Rajapaksa instructed that all MPs in the JO, including the 15 government defectors, be summoned for a meeting today.

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