President Maithripala Sirisena is to take a final decision on the course of future politics following yet another meeting with the UPFA parliamentary group tonight (14), a leading SLPP figure told Sri Lanka Mirror.
The talks will take into account the Supreme Court verdict due for today on an appeal filed by Mahinda Rajapaksa.
At a meeting with Rajapaksa and UPFA MPs last night, the president assured his commitment to strengthen the anti-UNP camp.
Don’t ask for a coalition govt. with UNF
He said the group of MPs commanding a parliamentary majority would be allowed to form a government, and requested SLFP MPs not to ask for a coalition government with the UNF.
He said, however, that no disciplinary action would be taken against any SLFP MPs who would support the UNP to form a government and accept ministerial positions.
President Sirisena has also decided against taking disciplinary action against Rajapaksa and other MPs who obtained membership of the SLPP.
SLFP MPs make request
Following that meeting, a group of SLFP MPs met the president and requested his permission to take a decision without the SLPP and the group of 16 of the SLFP, a top official of the president’s media unit told Sri Lanka Mirror.
They said that they should be allowed to take a decision on whether or not to form a coalition government with the UNF, in the same manner a group of SLFP MPs were previously allowed to function as the joint opposition.
Accordingly, the president instructed them to inform him about their decision later today, the official added.