If President Maithripala Sirisena fails to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister and chart a new political journey under a new Prime Minister, a group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers and Parliamentarians in the current regime, are planning to ditch the President and sit in the Opposition in the House shortly, informed sources said.
A senior SLFP Minister said, they had already intimated their decision to the President following talks held with the latter after the completion of the 2018 Local Government polls.
He added that a large number of UNP Ministers and MPs had also decided to dump the UNP and join the SLFP ranks if the President is willing to commence this journey afresh without Wickremesinghe at the helm as the Premier.
However, a senior UNP Minister added that the Party was of the view that Wickremesinghe should continue as the Prime Minister while the tenure of the current regime lasts.
He observed that talks were currently being held to form a UNP regime of its own and if that were to happen the SLFP will be invariably be forced to sit in the Opposition.