They had also decided to award two senior responsible ministerial posts to Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena.
However, so far Mahinda Rajapaksa had not been notified of this decision and the task of getting his approval for this arrangement has been handed over to MP Kumara Welgama.
“Won’t give Maithri”
Meanwhile, expressing his views a strong Basil ally, Gampaha District MP Prasanna Ranatunge said although they had joined hands with the SLFP to topple the government, the people are not in support of them joining a coalition with them to contest the elections.
He noted that what the country needs is a coalition that would bring victory to the country and not personal victories for any individual.
Ranatunge had said this during a party activists meeting held in Minuwangoda yesterday
He further had this to say.
''Presidential candidate has already been chosen''
“The SLFP General Secretary and several others are trying to drag the SLPP into the SLFP and make Maithri the President again. However, those who love the country want Mahinda to become the leader. They are not willing to fall into the same rut they fell into earlier. Therefore, we are not prepared to fall into the hole that is being dug by Dayasiri and others.
Our group goes for these meetings with a clear mind and attentiveness and no one can cheat us. We have already chosen our presidential candidate. The candidate that the whole country anticipates will be nominated by Mahinda Rajapaksa at the correct time.
No matter what others may say, the next leader of the country would be from the SLPP and no one can stop it.”