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SB denies MS-MR secret meeting

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake yesterday (8), denied reports that a secret meeting had taken place between President Maithripala Sirisena and Former President and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at Dissanayake’s residence last week.

Reports were circulated indicating that Sirisena and Rajapaksa spoke on establishing a caretaker Government of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Joint Opposition (JO).

In a statement, Dissanayake said that there was a dinner at his residence recently and Rajapaksa was invited for it along with several other MPs.

Dissanayake said there was no kind of special political discussion, as certain media have indicated, between President Sirisena and Rajapaksa on the night of the dinner.

However, the MPs who arrived at his residence spoke about the economic crisis and the current political instability of the country as usual, he added.

The head of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Prof. G L Peries has also denied that there had been a meeting between President Sirisena and the former President, according to the Hiru TV Channel.

Meanwhile, the UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara, on the same day, said that he would raise the matter of establishing an alternative Government during the JO Parliamentary Group meeting today (9).

The meeting would be held at the Parliament complex under the patronage of Rajapaksa. Elaborating further, Nanayakkara said that it is very important to establish an alternative Government because the country is in a crisis situation due to the unsuccessful decisions taken by the current Government.

“If this situation goes further, the entire country would collapse. That is why this is the best moment to go for an alternative Government. I hope to raise the matter during the JO Parliamentary Group meeting today and discuss it at length,” he added.

Nanayakkara added that the first step of establishing an alternative Government is for the SLFP to remove itself from the current Government.

He noted, “There are discussions in the country about an alternative Government. For that the SLFP should remove itself from the current Government. The JO is on alert about the behaviour of the SLFP with regard to this matter.”

(Ceylon Today)

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