Written by Tharushan Fernando
31 Jan, 2016 | 9:44 pm
The question has risen as to who will fill the empty parliamentary seat left vacant following the demise of Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunewardena
Leader of the National Unity Front, Azad Sally stated that he planned on contesting but was told not to because he would be brought in through the national list. “I am the one next line on the national list,” he said
Leader of Nawa Sama Samaja Party, Wickremebahu Karunaratne stated that it is the Unity Through Power Devolution Movement, who should be given that vacant seat because it was “us who walked to every corner of the country to cause this revolution and bring democracy”
“Ranil Wickremesinghe and I signed an MoU that day” said the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. He further stated that several nominees were given from each group
“We were also given a national list seat and that seat was given to M.K.A.D.S. Gunewardena,” he said and added that talks will be held with the Prime Minister, and an individual who is strong and charismatic for the government will be appointed.
Deputy Leader of the Democratic National Movement, Srilal Jayantha Rohana stated that according to the terms in the agreement,the vacant seat in Parliament should be given to the Democratic National Movement. Names of several high-profile politicians have been mentioned to fill this vacant seat in parliament and reports suggest that the United National Party and Democratic Party are to sign an agreement over the next two days.
General Secretary of UNP, Min. Kabir Hashim noted that, having constantly spoken to Sarath Fonseka, there is hope that the Democratic party will merge with the United National Party in the future and that talks are currently underway on signing a joint agreement on this matter
Leader of the Democratic Party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka noted that talks have been held on this matter for nearly two months.
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