Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party are divided in opinion after president Maithripala Sirisena decided that the Good Governance government should be continued, reports say.
The differences have come to light during a meeting of SLFP ministers and MPs, which was chaired by the president, soon after today's (14) Cabinet meeting.
Speaking during the meeting, minister Susil Premajayantha had stated that he would not be a part of a government with Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM.
Adding his voice, deputy Speaker - Thilanga Sumathipala had said that they have been offered by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to join them to form a SLFP government and suggested to do so. The remarks are singular as Mr. Sumathipala was tasked with the president's campaign for the recently concluded LG polls.
However, minister Vijith Wijayamuni Soyza had declined saying he cannot 'regurgitate' repeatedly and therefore he is remaining where he is.
Secure the mandate
Speaking on a similar line, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that it is not proper to turn their backs to the mandate given to president Maithripala Sirisena in 2015.
Instead, he had suggested to remain in the government put up a fight from within to fulfil the president's promises.
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Amaraweera, Faiszer Musthapha, Sarath Amunugama and Duminda Dissanayake had also maintained that the Good Governance government should be continued.
'Do as you please'
At the conclusion of the meeting, president Maithripala Sirisena had told the SLFPers that there are two opinions and to decide as they wished.
Last modified on Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:21
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