Thirty five of the 42 SLFP MPs in the government are to support the no-confidence motion that is to be moved against the PM.
Seven ministers, including Mahinda Samarasinghe, Vijith Vijayamuni de Soyza and Sarath Amunugama are to meet with president Maithripala Sirisena to take a decision.
SLFP general secretary opposes no-confidence motion
However, SLFP general secretary Duminda Dissanayake says he personally opposes the no-confidence motion that is to be moved by the joint opposition against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The SLFP is yet to make a decision with regard to the no-confidence motion, and it has not been involved in related discussions, Dissanayake has told BBC Sinhala Service.
The no-confidence motion is a JO attempt to create divisions between the president and the PM and to destroy the national government, he said.
Political sources say S.B. Dissanayake, Susil Premajayantha and Dayasiri Jayasekara are organizing to get SLFP ministers’ support for the no-confidence motion.
State minister T.B. Ekanayake has signed the no-confidence motion, while it is yet to be signed by a UNP MP.
Meeting yesterday, the UNP parliamentary group unanimously agreed to ask the president to remove any minister who would sign the no-confidence motion.
A young UNP MP told Sri Lanka Mirror that it was a headache that such persons remained in the government, adding that the government would continue for the next two years with those who would remain, while the premiership would remain.