It is said that the said group had met at former Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala’s residence and had arrived at this decision.
They had notified the President regarding their decision and the President had summoned six of them to London for immediate discussions, it is reported.
Those who were summoned by the President are Anura Yapa, Chandima Weerakkody, Lakshman Yapa, Thilanga Sumathipala, Dilan Perera and Lakshman Wasantha Perera.
However, only Chandima Weerakkody, Dilan Perera and Lakshman Wasantha Perera had gone to London based on the President’s invitation.
Remove Duminda – Amaraweera from posts
The representatives of the group of 16 had met the President and discussed about their stand with the President, it is said.
According to sources in London, in addition to their main proposal, the group had urged the President to call a meeting of the party Central Committee and had also proposed that the whole party (SLFP) should leave the government.
It is also reported that Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Dilan Perera, Chandima Weerakkody and Lakshman Wasantha Perera had received invitations to the meeting that was convened last Friday at the London Park Lane hotel.
It is further reported that the group had urged the President to disallow the SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake and the UPFA General Secretary to manipulate the party according to their whims and fancy and to remove them from these positions.
Why did Dilan and Chandima go?
Meanwhile, according to Presidential Secretariat sources, Dilan Perera and Chandima Weerakkody had gone to London on a private tour.
Chandima had reportedly gone to see his son who is studying in London, while Dilan is said to have gone there to meet a friend.
However, Sri Lanka Mirror learns that the Presidential Secretariat had intervened in obtaining visas for Chandima and Dilan.