Written by Tharushan Fernando
22 Jan, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Six chief ministers hailing from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, met with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on Sunday.
The chief ministers of six provinces, representing the SLFP, were present for the meeting, while Peshala Jayaratne, the Chief Minister of the North Central Province, was conspicuous in his absence.
A group of MPs representing the Joint Opposition were also present at the meeting.
Chief Minister of the Central Province, Sarath Ekanayake said that there was a debate but no agreement was reached and that the meeting did not target election but was about the current political situation.
“Both parties need to clarify certain matters and we discussed these”, he said.
Chief Minister of the Southern Province, Shan Wijeyalal de Silva explained that the seven chief ministers are acting as intermediary coordinators in this programme and that the SLFP, the party central committee and the honourable Chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena will be informed of these matters.
Minor political differences of opinion had arisen between both groups in the recent past. according to the Chief Minister of the Western Province,Isura Devapriya
“We believe we will receive a positive response from the other side. We shall see what will happen in the future. Politics is always in flux isn’t it?” he asked.
The chief minister did not comment on the content discussed at the meeting
The former president said that the chief ministers came for the meeting with the approval of the party leadership, and that he was prepared to talk with those who oppose the UNP.
He added that a anti-UNP front is in the process of being created.
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